Trump’s former lawyer declares fully willing to testify against former president

File – Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. – Douglas Christian/ZUMA Wire/dpa

Michael Cohen, former lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, has declared Friday »totally willing» to testify if his former client were to be finally charged for irregular payments to porn actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, as hinted last week by the Manhattan (New York) District Attorney’s Office.

The Prosecutor’s Office has offered Trump the possibility of testifying in this case of alleged bribery and in which Cohen was an instrumental part by giving Clifford about $ 130,000 to keep quiet that he maintained alleged relations with the tycoon almost 20 years ago; a management carried out in an irregular manner by being hidden in the accounts of the Trump Organization, Trump’s company, during the 2016 election campaign.

Trump’s former lawyer has met up to twice this week with prosecutors investigating the payment to Clifford. While Cohen did not reveal specific details during the interview, he was convinced that there was ample evidence, at the very least, to charge the former president with a criminal offense; something unprecedented in the history of the country.

»I can promise the American people that all the information needed to declare the indictment and get a conviction is already in the hands of the prosecution,» said Cohen, who has downplayed any effort by Trump or his supporters to discredit his figure. »The facts are the facts. I’m not worried about anything they can throw at me,» he added.

Cohen ended up in prison after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance law, and to two months for committing perjury in Congress, after assuring the court that he had been ordered by Trump to deliver the money and that he had covered up for the then-presidential candidate as a matter of loyalty. Cohen was released from prison in 2021.

»I was working for a man who ended up becoming president of the United States and we did things that were wrong but I never imagined that democracy could end up in danger because of him,» Cohen explained in an interview Friday to the US network ABC, after being asked about his assessment of Trump’s mandate, which ended with an assault by his supporters on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.