Aye, aye, aye. There’s a liars contest going on between Michael Cohen and an associate of Rudy Guiliani, lawyer Robert Costello. Cohen gave CNN a copy of an email that he had received after the raid on his home and offices in April, 2018 from Costello, which said Cohen could “sleep well tonight,” [due to his] “friends in high places.” Cohen claims that he was offered a pardon and Costello says emphatically not. Costello has known Guiliani for forty years, and was considering representing Cohen after the raid. That led to the emails to Cohen, and to Costello acting as intermediary between Cohen and Guiliani. CNN:
Costello said that one reason he spoke to Giuliani was because Cohen was concerned that Trump had soured on him — or thought that he had soured on Trump — following a New York Times report that detailed Trump’s poor treatment of Cohen. The conversations occurred just days after Giuliani had joined Trump’s legal team and Cohen’s office and home were searched.__“He wanted to make sure that the boss or the big guy knew that he didn’t hate Trump. That he wasn’t blaming Trump,” Costello said. “There were reports out there that Trump hated Cohen, and that Cohen hated Trump… Michael couldn’t say whether Trump hated him. He didn’t think so. But he wanted to make sure that Trump knew that he didn’t hate Trump.”
“Does dangled mean that he (Cohen) raised it and I mentioned it to Giuliani, and Giuliani said the President is not going to discuss pardons with anybody? If that’s dangling it, that’s dangling it for about 15 seconds,” said Costello….”The first time I kind of danced around the issue because Michael brought it up with me and I told him, ‘Look, this is way too premature. … But if you want me to bring it up, I will bring it up.’ And I did.”
A source with knowledge of Cohen’s thinking at the time disputes Costello’s version of events and insists it was Costello who was pushing his relationship with Giuliani. Another source familiar with the emails said that Trump’s legal team was trying to keep Cohen in the fold as a way to keep him quiet, hinting that a pardon could be in the mix at some point.