In the first White House briefing in more than a week, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to get out in front of President Donald Trump’s tweets as to whether he might pardon his personal attorney Michael Cohen.
When one report noted that it seemed she had not closed the door on the idea of Trump pardoning Cohen, she shot back, “It’s hard to close a door on something that hasn’t taken place,” adding “We don’t like to comment on hypotheticals” and that she had nothing to add at this point.
Trump, she said, “has been clear that he hasn’t done anything wrong,”
FBI recently raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room, seizing documents; Cohen reportedly is under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.
In a prolific weekend of tweeting, Trump blasted “New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.’ They use non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”
Trump also tweeted an attack on the whole notion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling, and book-touring former FBI Director James Comey. “James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council? Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act?” Trump tweeted, adding, “Really, does everybody know what that means?”
Sanders said Monday: “As we’ve said many times before, we have no intention of firing the special counsel. We’ve been beyond cooperative with them. We’re continuing to cooperate with them. Turned over nearly a million pages in documents to the special counsel and have been cooperative.” She, like her boss, called a “witch hunt” any allegations the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia in the election.
And, the Trump White House “continues to review a number of the reports” about EPA chief Scott Pruitt rannygazoo, Sanders said, promising to “let you know if we have any changes on that front.”
She commended Pruitt for doing a “good job adminstering the president’s policies,” including deregulation, which she called “good things.”