Former President Donald Trump’s attorney and fixer Michael Cohen put forward a “theory” Tuesday night that the president will step down if he loses the November presidential election to pave the way for Vice President Mike Pence for all alleged federal crimes apologize to be committed.
Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to campaign funding violations, lying to Congress and committing tax evasion, appeared on MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show to promote his memoir Unfaithful: A Memory: The True Story of President Donald J. Trump̵
At the beginning of the interview, host Rachel Maddow brought up Cohen, who pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign funding laws, and stated that this was related to the hush-money system the ex-Trump attorney had in the 2016 election built to silence two women who Trump allegedly had extramarital affairs with.
“The thing that I never understood and that I followed as hard as anything in the Trump era and nobody could explain it to me,” Maddow wondered aloud. “Why were you the only one who was charged?”
The MSNBC star pointed out that Cohen wrote “in great detail” in his book about the plan to cover up payments with other members of the Trump organization, including the president himself. She also noted that American Media, Inc. and then CEO David Pecker were reportedly heavily involved in the program, but Cohen was the only one charged.
“Because they decided to make a scapegoat on me. I did what I did. I took responsibility for it, ”Cohen replied, adding that some of the checks are signed by Trump.
“Why I’m the only one makes no sense. As I said earlier, I was acting on the direction and for the benefit of Mr. Trump, “he continued, adding,” And I think the thank you I received from my loyal boss was Michael Cohen, as I once said: Take a bullet for him and lose everything. “
Maddow responded that the president had been identified as “Individual 1” by federal prosecutors and stated that Trump “was clearly the one who directed the commission of these crimes”. Then she pushed Cohen on a point he wanted to address in his book.
“You say at the very end of the book that President and Attorney General William Barr ousted the US attorney from New York and tried to effectively install the president’s golf buddy as the new US attorney there because you believed the president wanted to make it happen that he will be charged while he is still in office because that would give him the opportunity to apologize to himself after losing the election, “she said.
“Well, my theory is that if he loses, there is still time between the election and when the next president would take office,” Cohen said. “And during that time, my suspicion is that he’s going to step down as president, he’s going to allow Mike Pence to take power and then he’ll go ahead and let Mike Pence forgive him.”
“And it’s a very, let’s just say, it’s a very Nixon-esque event that was probably discussed at some point between Roger Stone and President Trump,” he continued. “That this is certainly a way to avoid possible prison terms.”
Maddow, meanwhile, noted that this would be somewhat akin to the “probable pardon” President Gerald Ford granted Richard Nixon after Nixon’s resignation as president, which kept Nixon from prosecuting Watergate after he left office.
In a previous interview with NBC News, Anker asked Lester Holt Cohen what he would say to Trump if he could have another conversation with him and asked the disfellowshipped attorney to say he would tell Trump to “step down” now “and” Mike Pence excuse you from all possible crimes. “