There are a few things that Americans seem to grasp when it comes to Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to Donald Trump: He doesn’t always tell the truth, he likes attention, and those two traits often ride sidesaddle to one another in his public life.
Also, let’s not forget that Cohen is no longer a fan of Donald Trump, ever since he was convicted of lying to Congress on the NYC business mogul’s behalf. From that day forward, Cohen has been on a pleading tour of sort, hoping to find some leniency for himself.
Now, as Trump himself is now wasting away again in Mar-a-Lagoville, Cohen is insisting on pushing some wild conspiracy theory about what the former President did or didn’t do during his last few hours in the White House.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70, including Steve Bannon and rapper Kodak Black. But his list did not include preemptive pardons for himself, his family or Giuliani.
Cohen told MSNBC host Alex Witt that he started to ponder why the former president didn’t issue pardons for himself, his children or Giuliani after “knowing Donald Trump for well over a decade.”
“I started thinking to myself it doesn’t really make sense because it’s not like Donald Trump, so what am I missing?” he said.
Then came the lightbulb moment.
“I kind of think I figured it out,” he said. “I think Donald Trump actually has given himself the pardon. I think he also has pocket pardons for his children and for Rudy and it’s already stashed somewhere that, if and when they do get indicted and that there’s a criminal conviction, federal criminal conviction brought against him, that he already has the pardons in hand.”
Of course, after Cohen’s aforementioned trouble with the law, many beg to question why anyone is listening to Michael Cohen in the first place.