Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer,” is running scared since the FBI raided his New York home, office, and hotel suite on Monday.
But Cohen has decided to follow the famous political credo, “Let no crisis go unexploited.”
Now that his coverups on behalf of his boss are under criminal investigation, the self-proclaimed “Ray Donovan” of the Trump team is attempting to extricate Trump and himself from their legal entanglements with porn star Stormy Daniels (real name, Stephanie Clifford), by saying that the criminal case will force him to plead the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.
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JUST IN: Stormy Daniels' attorney @MichaelAvenatti says Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen will "plead the 5th amendment against self incrimination" and he "will seek an emergency stay" against the defamation lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/a0qmLEldZV
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 12, 2018
While his need to plead the Fifth makes Cohen look guiltier than ever, he is willing to take that risk if it helps him lower the heat on the Stormy Daniels situation currently plaguing him and the president, while simultaneously enabling him to avoid snitching on Trump..
Paying to silence a mistress using donor funds in the days leading up to an election could be a violation of campaign finance laws. Committing bank fraud in order to pay her off could hold a sentence up to 30 years.
Daniels’ suit states that a non-disclosure agreement with Trump is null and void because he never signed the document. She adds that she is willing to return the $130,000, in exchange for the right to tell her story and clear her name, since Cohen has smeared her as a liar.
Cohen had tried to retaliate by saying that he and his client would sue Daniels for $20 million for breaking the agreement, but the president threw his longtime righthand man under the bus last Thursday when, on Air Force One, he told reporters he knew nothing about the N.D.A. and referred them to Cohen.
Ms. Daniels told Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes that someone whom she believes was sent by Cohen threatened her life when she was carrying her baby in a car seat in order to intimidate her into silence about her affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
Though Cohen may get a judge to grant him an emergency stay on Daniels’ defamation suit, he can do nothing to prevent Mueller from investigating Daniels and any other women whose silence Cohen has bought in order to protect his boss.
The truth is a freight train headed toward Trump and, unless he flips on his Godfather, Cohen will be collateral damage.