On MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen mocked his former boss’s filing of a $100 million lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times, claiming that one easy legal procedure will make it disappear as if it never occurred.
Cohen told presenter Alex Witt that the lawsuit over disclosing Donald Trump’s tax documents had a one-in-ten chance of succeeding.
Cohen, who alternated between laughing and giving legal guidance, said he had some advise for Mary Trump and her attorneys, whom he also commended.
“To those people who follow Donald Trump, you might remember that there was a case called Trump versus Timothy O’Brien and the New York Times,” he began. “It’s eerily reminiscent of what he did many, many years ago. The only difference is that Donald at that point in time sued for $5 billion, right? It’s as ridiculous as this lawsuit against Mary Trump for $100 million.”
“But what makes this case very difficult than the other case is the fact that it’s predicated on a non-disclosure agreement,” he continued. “You know, non-disclosure agreements are paid in order to get somebody to do something or not to do something, not to reveal something, and clearly he must have given money to whether it was to Mary Trump, to her father, to somebody for that non-disclosure, but the part that we don’t really know is what’s written in that non-disclosure.”
“But what makes this even more interesting to us as a public, is the fact that, if I was Mary Trump and her lawyer, I would turn and say don’t fight this,” he elaborated. “Just answer the complaint and look for depositions. Let’s look for discovery because one thing for certain — and I have read dozens of Donald Trump depositions — they are the dumbest written paper that you’ve ever seen, nothing makes sense, everything is circular.”
“He will — he does not want to do depositions,” he told the MSNBC host. “Right now I’m in a lawsuit against the Trump Organization. I have asked for depositions of Donald and they are adamant that they do not want him to sit for depositions because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Former Southern District of New York (SDNY) prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who served as majority counsel in Donald Trump’s first impeachment, explained why Michael Cohen and former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker would be critical to reopening Trump’s criminal case for the illegal payoff of adult movie performer Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election.
Goldman provided his analysis after attorney Richard Signorelli, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, issued a call for support to reopen the investigation.
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“If you believe Donald Trump a/k/a “Individual 1″ should be prosecuted by [SDNY] for the Stormy Daniels payoff scheme, please respond to this Tweet. I will then make sure the response is sent directly to the US Attorney and her Chiefs,” Signorelli wrote.
If you believe Donald Trump a/k/a "Individual 1" should be prosecuted by @SDNYnews for the Stormy Daniels payoff scheme, please respond to this Tweet. I will then make sure the response is sent directly to the US Attorney & her Chiefs.
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) August 14, 2021
Michael Cohen “was sent to prison for the illegal Stormy Daniels payoff scheme he made ‘in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.’ Individual-1 must be prosecuted,” the group wrote.
.@MichaelCohen212 was sent to prison for the illegal Stormy Daniels payoff scheme he made "in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.”
Individual-1 must be prosecuted. https://t.co/iwQ2NtvtDq
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) August 14, 2021
At that point, Goldman provided his analysis.
“Aside from the fact that the SDNY already closed this case — Congress or DOJ IG should investigate whether Barr had anything to do with that — you can’t charge Individual-1 without [Michael Cohen] as a witness, and the SDNY has made it clear they will not put him on the stand,” he explained. “Remember, neither the prosecutors’ statements in court nor Cohen’s guilty plea is admissible in court against Individual-1. Witness testimony subject to cross examination is required in our system. I said long ago Trump could be charged with Cohen (and Pecker) as witnesses.”
Aside from the fact that the SDNY already closed this case — Congress or DOJ IG should investigate whether Barr had anything to do with that — you can’t charge Individual-1 without @MichaelCohen212 as a witness, and the SDNY has made it clear they will not put him on the stand. https://t.co/3U12FRYTYp
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) August 14, 2021
Remember, neither the prosecutors’ statements in court nor Cohen’s guilty plea is admissible in court against Individual-1. Witness testimony subject to cross examination is required in our system. I said long ago Trump could be charged with Cohen (and Pecker) as witnesses.
— Daniel Goldman (@danielsgoldman) August 14, 2021
Cohen stated that he wishes to testify.
“The [SDNY] must stop fighting me at every turn and disclose what really transpired between them and the Trump administration,” he said.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 14, 2021
Cohen made an audacious claim on Wednesday, tweeting that he believes Jared Kushner has already turned on his father-in-law in conversations with prosecutors.
Cohen cited a 2017 CNN report about Jared Kushner being the so-called “secretary of everything” because Trump delegated everything to him.
Interesting how @jaredkushner (#SecretaryOfEverything) name appears to be absent from all the controversy, indictments and arrests. Is he next to fall or a cooperating witness? Knowing what a snake he is, I bet the latter! @cnn @msnbc @abc @cbs @FoxNews https://t.co/UOMh5YNKHd
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) July 21, 2021
“Interesting how Jared Kushner (#SecretaryOfEverything) name appears to be absent from all the controversy, indictments and arrests. Is he next to fall or a cooperating witness? Knowing what a snake he is, I bet the latter!” tweeted Cohen.
As former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade explained on MSNBC earlier this week, Tom Barrack’s indictment could lead to additional indictments.
Meanwhile, rumors have circulated that both Kushner and Ivanka are distanced from the former president. According to reports, Kushher wants to concentrate on his book while continuing to praise himself for his diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, including some initiatives that benefited the government of the United Arab Emirates, for which Barrack is accused of illegally lobbying.
Barrack, one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers, is accused of acting as a foreign agent for the UAE and influencing the president on its behalf.
According to Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s new book, “Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” both Attorney General William Barr and Kushner referred to the Trump team’s legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election led by Rudy Giuliani as a “clown show.”
The book, which was released on July 13, details the chaos and discord that erupted behind the scenes as conspiracy theorists increasingly took the lead in President Donald Trump’s efforts to sabotage the 2020 election.