A former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York said he would charge Donald Trump today if Michael Cohen were to finally start fully cooperating with investigators in his old office.
MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the South District of New York.
“My big question here is what type of legal peril — considering what we see Michael Cohen sentenced to — does this put the president in?” anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asked.
“What really changed the president’s legal peril is the AMI non-prosecution agreement,” Goldman suggested.
“But, without Michael Cohen’s full cooperation in the Southern District — and that campaign finance case is in the Southern District — forget about DOJ policy, even if there were no policy, they would not be charging President Trump,” he suggested.
But, he noted Trump’s fixer “still has an option right now to fully cooperate” with the Southern District.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Wednesday.
“He can go in and cooperate now. When you add up Cohen’s testimony as we know from what he said in court, the recording between Trump and Michael Cohen and now David Pecker and AMI’s cooperation, I would charge that case today,” Goldman said.
“You would charge that case today?” Vossoughian asked.
“Right now,” he replied.
“The reason why it’s a game changer is you already had some cooperation with Michael Cohen’s testimony with that recording. Now you have a whole other transaction and a whole other significant witness who is saying the same thing,” he explained.
“So even with Trump’s changing stories — pick whichever one you want — they don’t hold up against two witnesses admitting that they did this illegally and one recording where Trump’s voice is on it where he clearly knows what’s going on,” he noted.