Backstage with Gentry Thomas
In his new book “Disloyal” Michael Cohen describes the president as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”
In our interview Cohen recalls the first time he met Donald Trump face to face calling it “a day he will never forget”. On that same day he landed the role as Executive Vice President of The Trump Organization and special council. He admits to admiring Trump for 20 years prior to that meeting having read The Art of The Deal twice and feeling a true connection in their personalities. Cohen opens up to Gentry Thomas about the pivot moment when he realized he had made the biggest mistake of his life aligning with Donald Trump.
From 2017 to 2018, Cohen was deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. In April of 2018 the FBI showed up at Cohen’s doorstep, but according to him they waited until his son left for school out of respect and acted very cordial with Cohen, who at the time was the lawyer for The President of the United States. The FBI investigators took a bunch of documents from his home, his law office and a hotel room he was staying at. Cohen would go on to plea guilty to five counts of willful tax evasion; one count of making false statements to a bank; one count of causing an unlawful campaign contribution; and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution. Looking back on these mistakes our host Gentry Thomas asked Cohen what did he learn from all this? “I want people to understand this, that when Donald Trump hired me he was a real estate guy and once he became President he then changed dramatically for the worse” explained Cohen.
Michael Cohen joined us from house arrest as he was among some of the inmates at Otisville Federal Prison in upstate NY, who were released into home confinement because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Mr. Cohen, 53, is serving a three-year sentence for federal crimes and has one more year left to serve.
Click the link to listen to Cohen’s new podcast called “Mea Culpa” with Michael Cohen
Buy Michael’s new book “Disloyal”
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