Trump Rips Reporter for Asking About Pardoning Michael Cohen: 'Stupid Question'

Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference

Rod Rosenstein speaks at a news conference

Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal authorities for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

Of course, if Cohen is possessed of information negative to the Trump presidency it is easy to see why the president and his staff are so concerned over the fix the "fixer" finds himself in.

By staying involved in the Cohen probe, Sessions is entitled to briefings on the status of the investigation, which is being conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of NY.

Michael Cohen arrives at Federal Court in NY on April 16.

Leahy also asked Sessions whether he had been briefed on or made decisions affecting the investigation into Cohen, and whether he discussed the investigation with the president.

Asked about Leahy's assertion that the Cohen investigation is related to the campaign, and therefore should fall within Sessions' recusal, Flores responded: "We are not confirming the scope of the investigation and Senator Leahy does not know the scope of the investigation". "We're very frustrated with the scope of the investigation and the way it's dragged on", Short said, referring the Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who sent the case against Cohen to federal prosecutors in NY.

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The pressure Cohen faces has led some to speculate that he may cooperate with investigators in order to avoid criminal charges. Trump called the raid "an attack on our country in a true sense".

Cohen came under fire for arranging a non-disclosure deal in 2016 in which he paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., talk during a Judiciary Committee hearing in January 2017.

She referred future questions to Cohen's and Trump's lawyers.

Mr. Sessions recused himself previous year from the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Justice Department told Bloomberg in a statement that Sessions will make decisions on recusing himself from certain parts of the Cohen probe on a "matter-by-matter" basis. For example, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is fiercely independent and comprised of career prosecutors Trump can't fire.

"I don't know whether or not Michael Cohen is a tough guy", said Mitchell Epner, a former assistant United States attorney for the District of New Jersey.

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