Michael Cohen says Trump's next move in the Mar-a-Lago probe would be to find a scapegoat — Rudy Giuliani

Michael Cohen says Trump's next move in the Mar-a-Lago probe would be to find a scapegoat — Rudy Giuliani
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Rudy Giuliani, left, and former President Donald Trump, right, in a composite image.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was identified by Michael Cohen as former President Donald Trump's possible scapegoat for any criminal charges emerging from the Mar-a-Lago probe.AP Photo
  • Michael Cohen said Trump is likely looking for a scapegoat for potential criminal charges.

  • Calling Trump "Captain Chaos," Cohen speculated that this scapegoat could be Rudy Giuliani.

  • "They're gonna throw him under the bus for Mar-a-Lago," Cohen told CNN host Don Lemon.

Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump's one-time personal lawyer, said he thought Trump was likely trying to find a scapegoat for any potential criminal charges from the Mar-a-Lago probe.

Speaking to CNN host Don Lemon on Monday, Cohen was asked what he thought Trump's next moves would be in view of the Justice Department's investigation into whether Trump had broken any federal laws by keeping classified documents at his Florida residence.

"I believe the next scapegoat is going to be Rudy 'Collude-y' Giuliani," Cohen told Lemon.

"I believe that everybody likes a bargain, but Donald Trump really likes a bargain," Cohen quipped. "And I believe that Rudy is like a BOGO — Buy one, get one half off. They're going to throw him under the bus for Mar-a-Lago. And at the same time, they're going to throw him under the bus for Georgia."

Giuliani is currently the target of a criminal probe in Georgia concerning the 2020 election. The judge in the case has insisted that Giuliani testify, suggesting that he travel by train, or "Uber or whatever" if need be.

Lemon also asked Cohen if he thought Trump was deflecting and "flooding the zone" to confuse the public.

Calling Trump "Captain Chaos," Cohen said the former president's usual tactic is to "throw as much at the American public that he can in order to confuse them."

"He truly believes that the American public has like a two-day — maybe, if you're bright, a three-day window of remembering what's going on," he added.

Cohen said, however, that Trump likely felt a bit of fear, too.

"He's scared of the documents that they now have possession and control over because this is documentary evidence," Cohen said. "This is evidence that they can use against him."

Following the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago last week, Cohen publicly rejoiced over how Trump was finally being "held accountable." He has since speculated that the possible informant within Trump's ranks who tipped off the FBI about the documents at Mar-a-Lago could be one of the former president's children or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Representatives for Giuliani and staff at Trump's post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.

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