Michael Cohen Thinks Donald Trump Would ‘Start a War’ to Remain in Power
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former long-time fixer and personal attorney, believes that Trump will use any means necessary to remain in power, including waging wars and rigging the upcoming election.
Cohen knows Trump well – probably more intimately than anyone else on the planet – and even once said he would “take a bullet” for his client.
Cohen was recently released early from prison. He serving a sentence for his role in Trump’s illegal campaign finance schemes in 2016 involving secret hush money payoffs to women with whom Trump had affairs, tax evasion, and lying to Congress.
On Friday, Cohen told NBC’s Lester Holt that Trump will “do anything and everything” to stay in office.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) September 4, 2020
“So Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win,” Cohen said. “And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots.” Trump is currently recruiting an “army” of supporters to stalk voters for signs of voter fraud at the polls, and has encouraged people to vote twice, which is a felony.
Cohen added that Trump, should he legitimately lose to Joe Biden in November, would test the limits of whatever constitutional checks remain on his desperate grasps for power.
“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”
Cohen has been iterating these concerns publicly for quite some time.
“Given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power,” Cohen said during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in February of last year.
“I have acknowledged I have made my own mistakes and I have owned up to them publicly and under oath, but silence and complicity in the face of the daily destruction of our basic norms and civility to one another will not be one of them,” he told the committee.
“I did things and I acted improperly, at times at Mr. Trump’s behest,” Cohen admitted. “I blindly followed his demands. My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and soon my freedom. And I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country.”
Cohen has authored a tell-all book about his experiences working for Trump, but its release has been delayed due to numerous legal conflicts of interest.