Steve Bannon, according to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, is “racist to the core.”
“So, Steve Bannon is a really interesting guy,” Cohen opined. “Steve is really not who you think that he is. People say he seems like a nice quiet guy. In fact, Steve Bannon is a f–king racist to the core. He’s no different than Steve Miller. He is a f–king maniac to the 9th degree.”
After Bannon refused to testify before the Committee on January 6, Attorney General Merrick Garland charged him with contempt of Congress.
“Look, he’s not the leader,” he said. “His leader is Donald Trump. But what does he really think about Donald Trump? The question that a lot of people don’t get into.”
Cohen added: “He thinks Donald is an idiot. Alright?”
Cohen appeared on CNN on Monday, predicting that more indictments for members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle were on the way, and even implicating Trump’s adult children in illegal acts.
Cohen was asked how it felt to be the sole person prosecuted for making unlawful hush money payments during the 2016 presidential election during an interview with host Alisyn Camerota, despite the fact that prosecutors alleged in documents that Trump signed off on them directly.
“I do want to make this promise to you and all of your viewers: I may have been prosecuted and right now am the only one, but I will not be the only one at the end of the day,” he said.
“For this crime?” Camerota asked.
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“For this crime and for others,” Cohen replied.
When Camerota asked Cohen who else would be indicted, he indicated he wanted to leave it up to the prosecution to decide.
This didn’t stop him from naming members of the Trump family as suspects.
“There were quite a few people who were involved,” he said. “Eric Trump was involved. Obviously, Allen Weisselberg, who’s already under indictment. Don Jr., Ivanka — there were a slew of people who were involved in this.”
On Monday, Cohen also shared that his three-year prison sentence, which was mostly spent in home confinement was over.
Cohen emerged from a federal court in Manhattan beaming after signing documents and chatting with officials about his forthcoming three-year supervised release term.
“I feel great today. It’s been long overdue,” Cohen said to a collection of camera crews alerted to his presence by a tweet he had sent Sunday.
After pleading guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, Cohen was sentenced to prison in December 2018. He spent roughly 13 1/2 months in prison and a year and a half on home confinement in all. His term was lowered even more as a result of his exemplary behavior.
The allegations stem from his role in arranging payments during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep Stormy Daniels, a porn star, and model Karen McDougal from making public claims of sexual encounters with Trump. Trump has denied extramarital affairs.
He implicated Trump in the campaign finance allegations at the time, and he did so again on Monday, saying that his release “in no way negates the actions I took at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump.”
He said he was “cognizant of my responsibilities” and “will not cease my commitment to law enforcement.”
I will continue to provide information, testimony, documents, and my full cooperation on all ongoing investigations to ensure that others are held responsible for their dirty deeds and that no one is ever believed to be above the law,” Cohen said.
Cohen pleaded for leniency before his sentencing, claiming that he had completely cooperated with prosecutors, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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Cohen has “given consistent and credible information concerning core Russia-related problems under investigation,” according to Jeannie Rhee, one of Mueller’s prosecutors. However, federal prosecutors in Manhattan claimed he never completely committed to collaborating with them and thus did not receive a significant sentence reduction.
Following a coronavirus outbreak in federal prisons, Cohen, who reported to jail in May 2019, was released to home confinement after approximately a year when officials released low-security-risk convicts.