Michael Cohen says he believes Trump will 'flip on all of them,' including his children, in New York investigations into his company

Michael Cohen and Donald Trump
Michael Cohen and Donald Trump. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • Michael Cohen said he thought Donald Trump would "flip" on everyone with his company under scrutiny.

  • New York's attorney general and the Manhattan district attorney's office are investigating.

  • "I think Donald Trump is going to flip on all of them, including his children," Cohen told MSNBC.

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Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer and fixer said Wednesday that he believed the former president would "flip" on everyone, including family members, as New York investigators tightened the screws on the Trump Organization.

Michael Cohen's comments came after a representative for New York's attorney general, Tish James, said in a statement that James' office was investigating the Trump Organization "in a criminal capacity," as opposed to a civil one. James is joining forces with the Manhattan district attorney's office - which is conducting its own inquiry into the Trump Organization - in the matter.

Speaking with MSNBC's Joy Reid, Cohen said he believed that while legal scholars and the public wondered whether investigators might flip people close to Trump such as his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the Trump Organization's CFO, Allen Weisselberg, Trump himself would ultimately be the one to switch sides.

"I think Donald Trump is going to flip on all of them, including his children," he said, adding: "I really believe that Donald Trump cares for only himself and he realizes that his goose is cooked."

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Cohen served as Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade before federal prosecutors zeroed in on him as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in the 2000s.

In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to several felonies including wire fraud, tax evasion, and campaign-finance violations that he said he carried out at Trump's direction. He also pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.

He has since been cooperating with prosecutors in several investigations and has met more than once this year with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., whose investigation into the Trump Organization began as a result of Cohen's congressional testimony in 2019. Cohen, who is serving out a three-year prison sentence for his crimes, said his meetings with prosecutors in Vance's office were "not good news" for Trump.

After CNN reported this week that the state attorney general's investigation had taken on a criminal component, Cohen tweeted out an edited image of Trump behind bars.

"Soon enough, Donald and Associates will be held responsible for their actions," he said.

During his MSNBC appearance Wednesday evening, Cohen said Trump would try to shift blame for any wrongdoing to everyone but himself, adding that the former president would blame Weisselberg, his accountant, his appraiser, and even his own children.

"This is the problem," Cohen said. "It's never ever Donald Trump. It's always somebody else."

A representative for Trump did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

New York's investigations into Trump are examining whether his sprawling real-estate company violated state laws when it facilitated an illegal hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election. According to earlier court filings, investigators suspect the Trump Organization committed tax and insurance fraud including, among other things, by artificially inflating and deflating the value of Trump's assets for loan and tax purposes.

Weisselberg is said to be a key focus for investigators as they dig into Trump's finances. And last month, the FBI raided the property of Trump's most recent defense lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as part of a separate federal investigation into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine.

Trump, for his part, released a lengthy statement Wednesday attacking the pair of New York investigations as partisan and politically motivated.

At 909 words, it was the longest statement Trump released since he was barred from social media and left office.

"This is something that happens in failed third world countries, not the United States," the former president lamented.

"If you can run for a prosecutor's office pledging to take out your enemies, and be elected to that job by partisan voters who wish to enact political retribution, then we are no longer a free constitutional democracy," Trump, who frequently called for the prosecution and imprisonment of his political opponents while in office, added.

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