Since the offices and home of Michael Cohen were raided on April 9 by federal investigators, the fate of the lawyer and his loyalty to the president, for whom he worked for 10 years, have been the subject of intense concern. guesses.
Nicknamed the “pit bull” of Trump, having handled many sensitive files for him, he had in the past said he was ready to “take a bullet” to protect the president.
Many have since believed that Cohen could, if charged, decide to cooperate with investigators to avoid a heavy sentence and provide them with potentially compromising information for the president.
Michael Cohen, married to a Ukrainian immigrant, appeared to reinforce this possibility in an interview with ABC channel broadcast on Monday.
Asked what he would do if he had to choose between protecting the president or protecting his family, he chose the second possibility.
To be perfectly clear, my loyalty goes first to my wife, my daughter, my son and my country.
No one knows exactly what and when Cohen might be charged.
Since the searches, during which millions of files were seized, this lawyer and businessman is perceived as on borrowed time.
The seized documents are painstakingly screened, under the supervision of a judge, to rule out those that may fall within the confidential lawyer-client relationship between Cohen and Trump.
The triage is scheduled to be completed on July 5, and Cohen must change lawyers as soon as the triage is complete, potentially delaying his indictment.
Involved in several cases
If he was involved in sometimes dubious real estate and yellow taxi license cases, Michael Cohen was especially famous for having paid, just before the 2016 presidential election, $ 130,000 to the porn actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about the sex she says she had with Trump in 2006.
This payment could constitute illegal campaign financing.
Cohen also received, after the election, some $ 500,000 from an investment company linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, close to Vladimir Putin. Swiss pharmaceutical companies Novartis also paid him $ 1.2 million, hoping to gain access to the Trump administration through him.