Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon with host Alex Witt, former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen urged Merrick Garland -- expected to be approved as the next U.S. Attorney General -- to launch an investigation into the federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York office to see why they let Trump Organization officials off the hook for criminality.
Referencing his own role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her affair with Trump before the 2016 election, Cohen suggested that Trump Org officials also engaged in acts that should be prosecutable.
In particular, he focused on the ex-president and Don Trump Jr. among others.
"When I was forced to plead guilty by the Southern District of New York, their obligation, considering they actually wrote the allocution and they were insistent that we name, you know, individual number one with the hush money paid, so why wouldn't they now go ahead and convict him [Trump] or at least indict him on it?' he stated. "I am going to use the same word: it is a dereliction of duty. I believe they are obligated on behalf of the American people to indict not just him but others."
"You will find Don Jr.'s signature on there," he continued. "Allen Weisselberg from the Trump Organization. I was forced to plead guilty. Why is it I went to prison in part for Trump's dirty deeds? I was not the one who had the affair with Stormy Daniels -- it was done at the direction of and the benefit of Donald Trump. Why aren't they pursuing this?"
"I suggest that the new attorney general -- god willing, Merrick Garland gets confirmed," he added. " When he does, I would like to see them then go ahead and investigate what's going on there at the Southern District of New York, because their failure to indict Donald Trump, Allen Weisselberg, Don Jr. and all the other individuals that were responsible and participated in this hush money payment -- they need to stand before the judge the same way that I did."
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