Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis is claiming President Donald Trump knew his former lawyer lied to Congress ahead of time.
Davis, who is currently representing Cohen in his legal battles with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, said for Bloomberg that even though his client was not directly ordered by President Trump to lie to Congress, Trump knew of his plans to do so and didn’t direct him otherwise.
“Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to,” Davis told Bloomberg News, adding that his client would tell the entire truth after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe ends.
“There will come a time after Mr. Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not.”
On Wednesday, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for his hush-money payments made to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump and threatened during the 2016 campaign to come forward with their stories. After his sentencing, Cohen was attacked by President Trump, who called him “weak” and a “liar.”
Cohen responded to the criticism, saying, “Recently the President tweeted a statement calling me weak, and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”