Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump Will Resign And Seek Pardon
Michael Cohen says that he believes if President Donald Trump isn’t re-elected in November, he’ll resign immediately, and ask Mike Pence for a pardon for any crimes he’s charged with, rather than risk prison. There are a few problems with this as a plan, though.
Speaking about his new book to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Cohen addressed a portion of his book in which he said Trump hoped to be indicted while still in office, so that he could pardon himself — “…as he has long claimed is his right.” Alternatively, Cohen believes a pardon from Mike Pence could be in the plans.
My theory is that if he loses, there’s still the time between the election and the time that the next president would take office. During that time, my suspicion is that he will resign as president, he will allow Mike Pence to take over, and he will then go ahead and have Mike Pence pardon him.
Maddow asked if Cohen believed that Trump might apply for the type of pardon Richard Nixon got — “full free and absolute” — that prevented any indictment being brought in the future. While Cohen confirmed that this could be the plan, he also warned of the one shortcoming of such a method.
It doesn’t apply to state charges, nor does it apply to charges that will be brought by Cy Vance’s office.
As the Daily Beast reports, Vance is the Manhattan District Attorney investigating whether Trump committed financial crimes including tax fraud and insurance fraud.
Trump could not receive a Federal pardon for any crimes charged at the state level.