Yesterday’s post was an explanation of why I felt Michael Cohen has become Trump’s Worst Nightmare.
Today the Washington Post features an article by three well known and respected criminal attorneys. Here is a description of the three:
The authors reached the same conclusion posted yesterday:
” Cohen fits the profile of someone extremely likely to be targeted by investigators seeking to proceed up the criminal food chain. There is apparently significant evidence of Cohen’s own potential criminality — as evidenced by prosecutors successfully obtaining a search warrant of his premises, which is highly unusual against a lawyer in an investigation of alleged white-collar crimes. Potentially facing a substantial jail sentence and crippling financial penalties, Cohen is highly motivated to place his own interests above that of his former patron and trade information about the president and others for his own freedom. “
In support of this conclusion the authors explain:
- The first sign of a potential forthcoming deal was when Cohen fired his team of lawyers last month in favor of a lawyer at a boutique firm of former federal prosecutors.
- Cohen’s new attorney is Guy Petrillo. Guy and his partners all previously worked in the same U.S. attorney’s office that raided Cohen’s office and is leading the investigation of him. Petrillo once worked side by side with the current prosecutor overseeing the investigation, as well as with Trump’s principal antagonist, former FBI director James B. Comey.
- Cohen himself began acting in a manner that suggests a new perspective on Trump — for example, publicly criticizing the president’s immigration policies in a letter resigning as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee.
- This week Cohen has indicated he is ready to cooperate. When asked point-blank by ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos how he would choose between continuing to protect the president and safeguarding his family from the consequences of a prosecution, Cohen answered, “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country, have my first loyalty.” He then all but admitted his new lawyer would be attempting to get a cooperation deal: “Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance.”
- Cohen is also exiting from a “joint defense agreement” with Trump that allowed them to share information about legal proceedings — another typical sign of coming cooperation with the government.