Former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa told CNN on Tuesday that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to paying off Stormy Daniels puts President Trump in enormous legal jeopardy, saying the president’s exposure to campaign finance violations may be small potatoes compared to what’s coming.
Noting that the president used the word “we” in his defense of Cohen’s crimes, anchor Brooke Baldwin asked Rangappa, “Did he just stick his foot in his mouth?”
“He usually does when he makes statements or tweets, and he would be wise to remain quiet,” replied Rangappa, laughing as she explained that, contrary to Trump’s statement, Cohen’s violation was “knowing and willful”, and thus a criminal offense. “I actually think campaign finance might be the least of his problems.”
“Once again, this is somebody who knows about what was going on and the inner workings of the Trump organization,” she continued. “There’s all kinds of assistance that Cohen could provide that could go down roads that the president does not want to be looked at.”
Trump “basically said ‘don’t look in the garage if you’re looking for the dead body,'” Rangappa said, grinning broadly as the rest of the panel cracked up. “Now, the person who has the key to the garage is now talking to prosecutors.”
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