Michael Cohen has warned Donald Trump may want to stir up controversy and a “violent clash” after revealing he expects to be arrested before possible charges.
“Donald’s post is eerily similar to his pre-January 6 riot rally cry, including the call for protest,” Cohen said The New York Post Saturday. “By doing so, Donald hopes to anger his base, witness another violent clash on his behalf, and capitalize on it by soliciting donations.”
Trump posted on Truth Social that he expects an arrest Tuesday in Manhattan as prosecutors seek to press charges against him in the case of alleged hush money payments involving porn actress Stormy Daniels. He urged his supporters to protest and “TAKE BACK OUR NATION!”
Toward the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s then-attorney Michael Cohen sent Daniels $130,000 to prevent her from disclosing her 2006 affair with Trump. Trump repaid Cohen in installments.
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Trump’s post slammed into the Manhattan Attorney’s Office, saying the allegations were based on “OLD AND FULLY DETECTED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRY TALES.” Trump and some Republicans, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, have accused the Democrats of gun violenceroomng of the legal system against the former President.
The Manhattan Attorney’s Office, asked for comment Friday, would not “confirm or comment” on the upcoming indictment. An indictment would be the first of its kind against a former US president.
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Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said the former president received “no notification other than illegal leaks” about plans for his arrest, but Cohen argued that the prosecutor must have reached out to provoke that kind of reaction.
“Donald would have no reason to make the statement unless he was contacted by the [office of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg] and advise accordingly,” said Cohen.
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Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to charges related to the payment, including lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.
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He was sentenced to three years in prison but only served about a year in prison before being transferred to house arrest for the remainder of his sentence because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox News’ Marta Dhanis, Adam Sabes, Brandon Gillespie and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.
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