Cohen does not believe he'll receive a pardon from Trump: report

Cohen does not believe he'll receive a pardon from Trump: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals MORE's former lawyer Michael Cohen has told at least two friends that he does not believe the president will grant him a pardon, according to CNN

"I brought up the pardon, and he said, 'I don't think so. I just don't think so,'" a friend of Cohen's told CNN. "He's certain in his mind that he has been dismissed."

A second friend told CNN that it is clear Cohen is "not counting" on a pardon from Trump. 


Cohen, who is currently under investigation in the Southern District of New York for possible bank and wire fraud and campaign finance violations, recently told ABC his first loyalty is to his family.

The comment fueled speculation that Cohen is considering cooperating with Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

He reportedly spoke to friends about his pardon prospects before that interview.

"His mindset is of someone who is operating under the assumption that he is not getting that, though of course he doesn't know one way or the other," the second friend told CNN.

The report about Cohen comes about a week after more than 1.3 million documents related to the April FBI raids of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room were transferred to prosecutors.

The files prosecutors now have access to are part of a cache of 3.7 million documents seized by the FBI.

The investigation of Cohen includes the $130,000 nondisclosure payment Cohen gave to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, which she says was to keep quiet an affair she had with Trump more than a decade ago.

In June, after pardoning conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, The Hill reported that Trump was considering half a dozen additional potential pardons.

-Updated 6:55 p.m.