Michael Cohen not seeking pardon from Donald Trump, attorney Lanny Davis says

Michael Cohen is no longer seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said Wednesday.

Trump’s former personal attorney and longtime confidante “has turned a corner in his life, and he’s now dedicated to telling the truth to everyone,” Davis said during an appearance Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Cohen’s decision not to seek a pardon suggests he may be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

“Michael Cohen has made a turn,” Davis told Axios on Wednesday. “Michael is going to tell the truth to the powers that be, and let the chips fall where they may.”

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All the companies that Michael Cohen approached and their responses

Healthcare giant Novartis paid Cohen $1.2 million in a year.

Novartis, one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in the world, confirmed the payment on Wednesday.

In a series of statements, the Swiss drugmaker clarified that the company had a year-long contract with Essential that paid $100,000 a month and "focused on US healthcare policy matters."

An employee told STAT News that Cohen reached out to Novartis's then-CEO Joe Jimenez promising help gaining access to Trump.

The company determined after meeting with Cohen that the lawyer's assistance was not helpful.

"Following this initial meeting, Novartis determined that Michael Cohen and Essential Consultants would be unable to provide the services that Novartis had anticipated related to US healthcare policy matters and the decision was taken not to engage further," Novartis said in a statement.

(REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

South Korean defense company Korea Aerospace Industries paid Cohen $150,000 in November 2017.

The company, which is partly owned by the South Korean government's Export-Import bank,confirmed the payment and claimed the money was for "legal consulting concerning accounting standards on production costs."

It was a one-time payment that came at the end of contact with Essential, the firm said.

Korea Aerospace is currently partnered with Lockheed Martin on a bid to win a US Air Force contract. The contract winner would supply the Air Force with training aircraft and receive up to $16.3 billion.

(REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won)

AT&T paid Cohen at least $200,000 in four installments from late 2017 to early 2018.

The telecom giant confirmed the payment and said Cohen was paid to help AT&T better understand the Trump administration.

"Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration," AT&T said in a statement Tuesday evening. "They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017."

AT&T is currently in the midst of a legal battle with the Trump administration over a proposed merger with Time Warner.

source told CNBC on Wednesday that AT&T may have paid Cohen up to $600,000, but said it "wasn't to pay for access to the president."

(REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

Cohen contacted Uber, but the ride-sharing company rejected the advance.

According to a Wall Street Journal repor t, Cohen repeatedly talked to Uber about a possible relationship, but was rejected.

A person at Uber told the Journal that the ride-hailing firm thought that Cohen's ownership of a New York taxi cab company was a conflict of interest.

The company hasn't issued a formal statement about Cohen.

(REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Ford also rejected Cohen's advances.

Ford turned down Cohen in January 2017 after a single phone call from the lawyer, according to the Journal.

The contact between Cohen and Ford is reportedly part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and Ziad Ojakli, Ford's head of government affairs, was interviewed by Mueller's team about Cohen's contact.

The company hasn't issued a formal statement about Cohen.

(REUTERS/Hannah McKay)


Cohen added Davis, who served as special counsel to then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s, to his legal team earlier this month. On Tuesday, Cohen released a secret recording to CNN of his conversation with Trump regarding a payment to silence Playboy model Karen McDougal about an alleged affair. 

The existence of the tape was first reported Friday by The New York Times. Court filings later revealed that prosecutors had obtained a total of 12 audio files during an FBI raid on Cohen’s offices and hotel room in April.  

Davis told Axios that Cohen is sending a message with the tape’s release: “I am no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew — taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier. ... That is over.”

Trump responded to the tape’s release Wednesday, tweeting that Cohen’s decision to tape some clients was “so sad.”

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current attorney, told Fox News on Tuesday that there was no “indication of any crime being committed on this tape,” though didn’t address why the Trump campaign had previously denied having any knowledge of the McDougal payment.

Davis suggested Wednesday that more of Cohen’s secret recordings could be released.

“I’m not saying there are more tapes as telling as [this] one,” he told Axios. “But there are more tapes.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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