During a CNN appearance, Trump’s former lawyer, Jay Goldberg, said he believes Michael Cohen (Trump’s current lawyer) will flip and cooperate with federal investigators because he fears being s*xually assaulted if he goes to jail.
Goldberg, who says he knows Cohen personally, told CNN’s Erin Burnett,
“He’s [Cohen] of a type that I have recognized in the past as one not suited to stand up to the rigors of jail life. I think, in many ways — and it’s difficult to say this — prison has a racial overtone, and a person like Michael doesn’t see himself walking down Broadway while people are clamoring, ‘you’re going to be my wife.’ And so he’s under pressure from his family to try to figure out what it would take to bring the government aboard as his sponsor.”
Trump’s former lawyer also told Burnett that he shares the president’s concerns about the raid on Cohen’s office, safety deposit box, and residences earlier this month,
“He [Trump] called me on April 13,” and said that the president shared his concerns “about a person who is facing a lengthy prison term [being] likely to say those things which in the witness’s mind would best position himself for a 5K1 letter, which would enable the government to recommend that he be shown leniency.”
“That doesn’t necessarily mean that he tells the truth,” Goldberg added. “History has shown that people under the threat of heavy litigation glean what the prosecutor is interested in hearing, and they can form their conduct so that they can get what’s known as a 5K1 letter.”
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and regular on Fox’s “Hannity” also believes Cohen will cooperate with prosecutors. On a CNN appearance yesterday, he said “I have told every client I have represented over the last 53 years: assume your best friend will flip,” Dershowitz said. “The president has to assume that his closest friends, his greatest associates, the people he trusts the most, if exposed to the pressure, the risk of life imprisonment, will flip. That has to be his working assumption.”
Dershowitz argued it wasn’t a wise move for Trump to call Cohen right after the FBI raid, and he advised the president to not issue any pardons.
The items seized in the Cohen raid included, in part, documents relating to communications with Trump.
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