- Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday.
- He said a Trump Organization executive would flip in the ongoing investigations into the company.
- But he said investigators likely have all the evidence they need to bring criminal charges anyway.
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Michael Cohen has suggested that Manhattan prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization have all the material they need to press criminal charges, even if the company’s executives don’t flip.
Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer addressed the ongoing criminal investigations into the Trump Organization on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are both conducting criminal investigations into whether the Trump Organization, the umbrella company for Trump’s businesses, falsified financial information for tax, loan, or insurance purposes.
The company’s CFO, Allen Weisselberg, has come under increasing pressure to cooperate with investigators, The Washington Post reported, and he could face criminal charges in weeks. The Wall Street Journal also reported this week that the Manhattan DA was investigating whether the company’s COO, Matthew Calamari, received tax-free perks.
When asked whether he thought Trump would face justice, Cohen told Kimmel: “When it comes to the Department of Justice – and I’ve said this in many, many tweets – the wheels of justice turn slowly, but eventually they do turn full circle.
“Understand that you’re not just fighting anybody. You’re fighting someone who has money behind him and also has the former power of the president of the United States.”
“And so he’s going to fight like the dog that he is,” Cohen said of his former boss.
“But here’s where I say that he’s in trouble. He’s in trouble, Allen Weisselberg’s in trouble, Weisselberg’s kids, Matt Calamari, Rudy Giuliani – they’re all in trouble. Why? Because there’s documentary evidence that’s in” prosecutors’ possession, he said.
Cohen continued: “They don’t really need Weisselberg or Calamari. One of them will flip to save themselves. And once you get Calamari, you don’t need Weisselberg. When you get Weisselberg, you don’t need Calamari.
“But the truth is, they don’t need either of them because they have the documents to prove exactly the illegalities done by Trump.”
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Cohen was interviewed by prosecutors from the Manhattan DA in their investigation into the Trump Organization, Reuters reported.
He was formerly one of Trump’s most trusted aides, but after being charged with crimes he committed while working for Trump and spending time in prison, he has turned against his boss. Cohen described the former president as a con man, tax cheat, and racist in his memoir published last year.
Trump has said that Cohen is a serial liar and has denied any allegations of wrongdoing at the Trump Organization.