- Michael Cohen, a long-time former attorney and adviser to President Donald Trump, believes Trump wants to install a loyalist to head the U.S. Manhattan attorney’s office so he can arrange to be charged by the federal government and then will forgive himself in case he loses the election in November.
- “The reason behind that unprecedented mindset and that snake was that Trump knew full well that he was guilty of the same crime that resulted in my belief and incarceration,” Cohen wrote.
- Cohen expressed that belief in an interview with MSNBC Rachel Maddow, saying, “Well, my theory is that if she loses, there will still be time between the election and the time the next president will sit.”;
- “And in those days, my suspicion was that he would resign as president, he would allow Mike Pence to take over, and then he would go ahead and Mike Pence would forgive him,” he added.
- The White House slammed Cohen’s book and described him as a “disgraced felon” and untrustworthy liar.
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Michael Cohen, a long-time former attorney and adviser to President Donald Trump, believes Trump tried to install a loyalist to lead the most powerful U.S. attorney’s office in the country so he could make it to the federal prosecutor while in office, and then forgive himself if he loses the general election in November.
In his book, “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” Cohen wrote about Attorney William Barr’s recent attempt to oust Manhattan US lawyer Geoffrey Berman , and was replaced by Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Clayton, “incidentally, was a friend of the President’s golf and had little experience in criminal law,” Cohen wrote.
He is “exactly what Trump and Barr want: a poor one,” he added. Eventually, Barr was forced to appoint Audrey Strauss, Berman’s top representative, as acting Manhattan US lawyer after a public stance on Berman. Berman later stepped down when Barr took over and said Strauss would take on an acting ability until a permanent successor was confirmed by the Senate.
Cohen writes that the reason Trump wants to replace Berman, “I know better than anyone, is that while he is in office, he can arrange to be accused by the federal government. In case he loses the November election. , he can forgive himself, as he has long claimed to be his right. “
“The reason behind that unprecedented mindset and that snake was that Trump knew full well that he was guilty of the same crime that resulted in my belief and imprisonment,” Cohen wrote.
Cohen pleaded in August 2018 to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud as part of New York’s Southern District investigation into illegal payment made during the 2016 adult film election star Stormy Daniels. Three months later, Cohen also pleaded guilty to a number of lies in Congress as part of the investigation by former special adviser Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US elections.
In his guilty plea, Cohen said he acted in the direction and for the benefit of Trump, named as “Individual-1” in SDNY’s billing document against Cohen. The former presidential adviser also said he lied to Congress about the current Trump Tower Moscow project to protect Trump from congress or legal investigations.
In his book, Cohen wrote that Trump would first try to forgive himself because “he also knew I would be a star witness in that case, and my book was a key piece of evidence for his guilt. Without safety from the persecution bestowed on the president, Trump will almost certainly face criminal charges in New York State. “
The president and his businesses have taken an intense investigation from both the New York state attorney’s office as well as the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Trump is currently battling a protracted legal battle eventually to prevent Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., from getting his long-hidden tax return.
“He is likely to be convicted by both Federal and State charges and faces a serious prison term,” Cohen wrote, though he did not elaborate. “That was Donald Trump’s greatest fear in life, believe me, and if he fails to be re-elected, that will be his destiny – and he knows it – so calming me down is an important part of his overall plan to avoid the law and avoid that outcome. “
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow asked Cohen about the excerpt when she appeared on her show Monday night.
You say at the very end of the book that the president and Attorney General William Barr ousted the United States attorney of New York and tried to install, effectively, the president’s golfing friend as the new US attorney there because the president, in “In your opinion, he wants to fix himself to be accused while he is still in office because he will be given a chance to forgive himself after he loses the election,” she said.
“So, my theory is that if he loses, there will still be time between the election and the time when the next president will take office,” Cohen said. “And in those times, my suspicion was that he would resign as president, he would allow Mike Pence to take over, and then he would go ahead and Mike Pence would forgive him.”
“And very well, let’s just say it was a very Nixon-type event and it was probably discussed between Roger Stone and President Trump at some point,” he added. “This is definitely a way to avoid any potential jail time.”
The White House slammed Cohen’s book and described him as a convicted criminal and untrustworthy liar.
“Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement this weekend. “He has lost all credibility, and it is not surprising to see his latest attempt to profit from the lies.”