Trump snapped and offered a two-word response: “Stupid question.”
The president then encouraged other questions from reporters and proceeded to provide relatively long answers.
The prospect of Trump pardoning Cohen has been a source of growing speculation since a Trump tweet over the weekend. In it, Trump asserted that it is unlikely that Cohen would “flip” and become a cooperating witness to federal investigators against Trump.
“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble,” Trump wrote, adding: “Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that.”
Some analysts interpreted Trump’s tweet as a signal to Cohen that he would have his back if he is convicted of federal crimes for which Trump could provide a pardon.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that he has nothing to fear from the special counsel’s investigation of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election — which Trump calls a “witch hunt.”
Earlier this month, FBI agents raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room, seizing records about Cohen’s clients and personal finances — including documents related to money Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels to remain silent about an alleged decade-old affair with Trump. Trump has gone to court to try to deny investigators access to his communications with Cohen.