Appearing live under house arrest on MSNBC on Monday night, Michael Cohen issued a disastrous warning to his former boss, President Donald Trump, who has been in an unhindered pardon frenzy during his last few weeks in office.
After Cohen spent a few minutes talking about the criminal justice advocacy he advocates on behalf of his prison “buddies” like “Tony Meatballs and Big Minty,” host Ari Melber turned to the issue of sorry, which is clearly a sore point for the man who was once the president’s staunchest servant.
“Do I think any of these people should be forgiven?” Absolutely not, ”Cohen said, accusing Trump of exchanging“ political favors and money ”for pardons. “I would have received one if I had agreed not to come out, not to speak the truth to power.”
From there, Cohen took the opportunity to plug in his book, Unfair: a brief, and offer some predictions about how the last month of the Trump presidency will unfold. “That’s when he’ll probably try to let go of the power of forgiveness for Jared, Don, Ivanka, Eric, [Trump Organization CFO] Allen Weisselberg, whoever he thinks will eventually get a federal indictment.
But, added Cohen, “This poses a very significant problem for Donald Trump in that once you receive this power of forgiveness, once you obtain this forgiveness, you cannot invoke the Fifth Amendment, your right. not to incriminate oneself. because you cannot be billed. “
“So all of these people may ultimately be his downfall,” Cohen continued, “just because they’re going to testify against him, whether it’s for a court or a tribunal.”
If he was still Trump’s consiglier, Cohen said he would ask the president, “Why don’t you do away with nonsense with pardons? Why not turn around and think of all the Americans who die every day? “
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