Attorney Michael Cohen compared Trump to a crime boss -- long before Comey ever did
Michael Cohen (CBS/screen grab)

President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney once compared him to a crime boss.


The Daily Beast on Monday highlighted a past interview with Michael Cohen, in which he called Trump the "godfather of politics."

“He is now the godfather of politics,” Cohen told ABC News in 2011. “Everybody wants to see him, everybody wants his endorsement.”

An ABC News article from 2011 also reported that some Trump associates had nicknamed Cohen as "Tom" -- a reference to Tom Hagen, the consigliore to Vito Corleone in the "Godfather" movies.

"It means that if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit," Cohen told ABC News. "If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished."

Former FBI director James Comey compares Trump to a mob boss in his new book.

Comey writes that his experiences with Trump gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the mob."

"The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."

Federal agents recently raided the home and office of Cohen, reportedly seizing a trove documents. He has been under criminal investigation for months over his business dealings