White House won’t rule out pardon for Trump’s lawyer

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday refused to discuss whether President Trump is considering a pardon for his embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

“It’s hard to close a door on something that hasn’t taken place. I don’t like to discuss or comment on hypothetical situations that may or may not ever happen,” Sanders said during Monday’s press briefing.

She referred further questions on Cohen’s case to his and Trump’s personal attorneys. She later added that Trump has “been clear that he hasn’t done anything wrong.”

{mosads}Her statement echoes her comments earlier in the day that the White House would not discuss “hypotheticals that don’t exist right now.”

White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told CNN on Monday morning that there’s “no need” to pardon Cohen “at this point.”

Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. Federal agents raided his home, hotel room and office earlier this month, seizing financial records, communications between him and his clients and materials related to payments to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump.

Trump on Saturday attacked The New York Times for a report that the president’s legal team is bracing for Cohen to cooperate with investigators and turn on Trump.

The president praised Cohen as a “fine person” and denied that he would “flip.”

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