Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Says Trump Is 'Up For Sale'

By Jennifer Wentworth | Monday, 19 February 2024 04:30 PM
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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to ex-President Trump, has issued a stark warning about the potential dangers of reinstating Trump in the Oval Office, given his escalating legal and financial troubles.

Speaking on MSNBC's "The Weekend" on Sunday, Cohen, who has become a vocal critic of Trump, cautioned, "We need to be very careful about him as a potential president because he is for sale." He added that Trump is under pressure to raise over half a billion dollars in a short timeframe.

This warning arrives on the heels of a significant legal setback for Trump, who is currently the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. On Friday, he was held accountable for nearly $355 million in penalties in a civil fraud case in New York, dealing a heavy blow to his family business.

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In 2022, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump and his business, accusing the former president of dishonestly manipulating his net worth on crucial financial documents to gain tax and insurance advantages. James further alleged that Trump occasionally inflated the value of his assets to secure more favorable loans and deals, which the state cites as proof of fraud.

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In a separate civil case last month, a federal jury ordered Trump to pay $83.3 million for defaming E. Jean Carroll. This is in addition to a $5 million verdict from an earlier trial where Trump was found guilty of sexually abusing Carroll and defaming her in a separate statement.

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When MSNBC host Symone Sanders-Townsend proposed that Trump "is open to the highest bidder at this point because the tab keeps being run up," suggesting "the Saudis, the Russians," as potential sources, Cohen concurred, stating, "Thoroughly compromised, yes."

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Trump also faces indictments in four criminal cases, two of which were initiated by special counsel Jack Smith, one in Georgia and another in New York. The New York hush money case is set to be the first to go to trial, with jury selection scheduled to begin next month. Cohen is expected to testify in that case.

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