With the midterm election now exactly three weeks away, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is warning that the upcoming balloting may be the most consequential we’ve seen in a generation, posting this on Twitter:
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) October 14, 2018
For years, Cohen was a registered Democrat. He voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and didn’t change his voter registration to Republican until 2017.
Thanks to some excellent reporting from Emily Jane Fox of The New Yorker, we also know that Cohen is determined to make right all of the many questionable things he did for Trump over the years. He told a longtime friend he feels a need to make amends for the decade he spent serving as a “fixer” for the president:
“What you see now is a return to who he was before all of this. He’s an open book, and he’s adamant to make it right.”
The proof of Cohen’s desire to mend his ways can be found in just how extensively he’s cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of prosecutors and other law enforcement agencies looking into Trump, the Trump Organization, and members of the president’s family:
“Robert Mueller’s special investigation into collusion and obstruction of justice continues apace. So does the Southern District’s probe into campaign-finance violations. Despite having no formal cooperation agreement with the government, Cohen has willingly assisted and provided information critical to several ongoing investigations, according to two sources familiar with the situation, in a string of meetings that have exceeded more than 50 hours in sum.”
While we don’t know exactly what Cohen has told Mueller and other prosecutors, it seems fair to speculate that Cohen can corroborate all of the hush money payments made to women Trump allegedly had extramarital affairs with:
“As The Wall Street Journal first reported earlier this month, and two sources independently confirmed to me, Trump directed Cohen to enforce the non-disclosure agreement with Daniels after the paper first broke the news of its very existence. Trump then deputized his son, Eric Trump, who is currently minding the family business, to coordinate the legal response to confidential arbitration proceedings, which would have prevented Daniels from telling her story publicly.”
The crimes Cohen pleaded guilty to in August are the very same ones that Trump could be charged with: Tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. The president was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in Cohen’s plea agreement.
Back in June, Cohen told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News:
“To be crystal clear. my wife, my daughter, and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”
Clearly, Michael Cohen is ready to bring down the most corrupt president in American history.