Former prosecutor explains why explosive Cohen emails likely referenced a pardon
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, arrives for a closed hearing of the House Intelligence Committee -- his third straight day on Capitol Hill. (AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

On Wednesday, CNN published an email from April 2018 between a lawyer who acted as a go-between Michael Cohen and Rudy Giuliani.

After speaking with Giuliani, the lawyer assured Cohen that he could "sleep well tonight."

The email strongly hints that Cohen was promised a pardon in exchange for not turning on the President.

On CNN Thursday, former federal prosecutor Eli Honig explained that while the email didn't necessarily reference a pardon, there's a strong suggestion that it does.

"They have this other story which is I don't find it particularly plausible but it is possible that Cohen was just worried that the President was mad at him and all that is being communicated is don't worry, the boss loves you, he is not mad at you," Honig said.

"Which version do I think is more credible? I think it is the pardon scenario but it is not impossible that is the other way."