- Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen gloated about Trump’s indictment on CNN.
- “Since we’re talking about convicted felons, see you on Tuesday, pal,” Cohen said.
- Trump’s spokespeople have in previous statements to Insider called Cohen a “disbarred felon.”
Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump’s one-time personal lawyer and fixer, gloated on CNN about how Trump may soon join him in the ranks of convicted felons.
Speaking to CNN, Cohen admitted that he was a “convicted perjurer,” a “convicted felon,” and a “disbarred lawyer.”
But Cohen — who Trump’s spokespeople have previously labeled a “disbarred felon” in statements to Insider — also alluded on CNN to how the label of “felon” might soon apply to Trump, too.
“Oh by the way for Donald, since we’re talking about convicted felons, see you on Tuesday, pal,” Cohen said, referring to the day that Trump is expected to be arraigned.
The grand jury voted Thursday to indict Trump, making him the first former president to ever face criminal charges. The charges Trump was indicted on in New York were likely linked to a $130,000 hush money payment to the adult film actress, Stormy Daniels.
Cohen was a key witness in the investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to felonies linked to these hush money payments, including tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and bank fraud. He was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018, and was disbarred by the New York Supreme Court in February 2019.
In a statement provided to Insider on Thursday, Cohen said that “no one is above the law.” He said that that he takes solace “in validating the adage that no one is above the law; not even a former President.”
Furthering the similarities between himself and Trump, Cohen referenced his “Al Capone theory” in the interview with CNN, saying that Trump, like him, would be punished for tax fraud.
He has put forth his “Al Capone theory,” which refers to the notorious crime lord, numerous times.
“I always called this the Al Capone theory,” Cohen told CNN on Thursday. “They couldn’t get him on murder, extortion, racketeering, bootlegging, etc. They got him on tax evasion. If that crime, Don, was enough for me to be charged, fined, convicted, and sent to prison, why am I any different from Donald Trump?”
Cohen and a spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside regular business hours.