Thursday, May 20, 2021

Cohen - 'Just the kind of guy Trump is' - will he turn on friends and family

In the HuffPost.com Michael Cohen Reveals When And How Trump Will Flip On His Own Family To Avoid Jail. Trump’s former attorney said they could all be getting “some orange jumpsuits” soon.

Cohen spoke on MSNBC one day after it was revealed that the Trump Organization is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the New York attorney general.

From Axios.com:

Trump Organization CFO under criminal tax investigation.

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced on Tuesday a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization, working with the Manhattan district attorney’s office while also keeping open its civil inquiry into the company’s financial records.

The investigation is looking into potential bank, tax and insurance fraud.

Back to Cohen:

“I really believe that Donald Trump cares for only himself, and he realizes that his goose is cooked,” Cohen said.

And that means he’ll start looking for others to blame, he said.

First, he said, Trump will blame Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg and others involved in his finances.

"It wasn’t me. It was Allen. It was my accountant. It was the appraiser,” Cohen said, mimicking a potential Trump argument. “It’s never Donald. See, this is the problem. It’s never, ever Donald Trump. It’s always somebody else.”

And when investigators start raising questions about Trump’s tax returns, he’s going to blame those closest to him.

“He’s going to turn on his accountant and point the finger,” Cohen predicted. “He’s going to say, ‘Don Jr. handled that, Ivanka handled that. Melania. Don’t take me. Take Melania.’ He’s going to tell them to take everyone except for himself. That’s just the kind of guy he is.”

Cohen worked for Trump for years until turning on him in 2018 and cooperating with investigators. He pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and campaign finance violations for arranging the hush-money payments from Trump to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison but was released into home confinement last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, he said some of the information he provided ― including taped conversations with Trump ― shows how closely the former president directed everything around him and his organization.

And that, he said, could land the Trump family in prison.

“I do have to say that my credibility, I believe, is going to end up getting Donald, Don Jr., Ivanka, Jared, Eric, Weisselberg, his kids, some orange jumpsuits,” he said.

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