According to a legal analyst for MSNBC, it is quite possible that Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump could be on the verge of making a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller now that the deadline for Cohen’s lawyers to review millions of documents has arrived.
Addressing Cohen’s recent interview on ABC where he claimed he would put his family and country first, MSNBC’s Ken Dilanian told fill-in host Steve Kornacki that the clock is ticking on Cohen
“One of the theories with that interview was that he was reaching out to Donald Trump almost asking in public for a pardon, saying ‘look, I’m about to flip, Mr. Trump,'” Dilanian began. “The move to dissociate from himself on Twitter and LinkedIn suggest he’s preparing to make a deal.”
“He’s got a lawyer, a new lawyer, don’t forget with close ties to the Southern District of New York, the U.S. attorney’s office investigating him for bank fraud, tax fraud, and wire fraud, and as you said, today was the deadline for the Trump Organization to go through these thousands and thousands of documents from Cohen’s office and home to see which ones of these were privileged.”
“The real story is a very small number of them, however this shakes out, are going to be deemed to have been privileged and the vast majority of them will go to federal prosecutors and that cannot be good news for President Trump because Michael Cohen was involved in some of the most sensitive dealings that Donald Trump had over the last decade,” he continued. “Including paying off two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump and that Trump Tower Moscow deal while Donald Trump was running in the republican primary.”
“He knows a lot — whether he knows about illegality is another question, but it can’t be good news for the president of the United States,” Dilanian suggested before adding he thinks a deal is imminent.
“It could happen at any moment, but one thing is — we have no indication that he has sat down with prosecutors and met with them, offered what’s known as a proffer, where he explains what exactly he would testify to. what he has to offer essentially in exchange for leniency, that — as far as we know has not happened yet,” he stated. “That would be the first step to any deal and then it could happen very quickly.”
You can watch the video below via MSNBC: