Michael Cohen has reportedly told friends that he’s pessimistic about the chances of receiving a pardon from his longtime client and friend President Donald Trump. The attorney—currently under criminal investigation in New York—has not yet been charged with any wrongdoing, but has told his friends he doesn’t think the President will ride to his rescue. “I brought up the pardon, and he said, ‘I don’t think so. I just don’t think so,’” Cohen’s friend recounted to a CNN reporter, adding: “He’s certain in his mind that he has been dismissed.” A second friend told CNN that they have discussed the possibility of a pardon, and that it is becoming increasingly clear that Cohen is not “counting on it,” adding: “His mindset is of someone who is operating under the assumption that he is not getting that, though of course he doesn’t know one way or the other.” In a recent interview with ABC News, Cohen said his “first loyalty” was with his family and his country—not the President.
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