- Michael Cohen believes that Trump may have had copies of the top-secret files found in Mar-a-Lago.
- Cohen said Trump may have hidden the documents at his Bedminster and New York homes.
- Cohen also suggested that these files may also be in the homes of the Trump children.
Michael Cohen, who was once a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, believes Trump likely has copies of classified documents seized by the FBI in Mar-a-Lago hidden elsewhere.
Cohen was reaction on twitter to The Washington Post article about a recent Justice Department lawsuit in which the Justice Department suggested that Trump’s team may have hidden or moved top-secret files while officials were investigating the matter.
“I believe that Trump has copies, and possibly other documents, in other places, including the homes of his children, the Weisselberg house in Florida, Bedminster, a golf course in New Jersey, an apartment on Fifth Avenue, etc. ‘ Cohen tweeted.
Cohen was referring to Allen Weisselberg, the former CFO of the Trump Organization, who in August admitted to running the organization’s tax avoidance scheme.
During a search of Mar-a-Lago on August 8, the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked “top secret” and files that could be related to nuclear weapons. According to the search warrant, the Justice Department is looking into whether Trump violated any of three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by keeping documents at his Florida residence.
This week, the Justice Department also released a photo taken during a search in Mar-a-Lago, which showed several folders with the word “top secret” scattered across the floor.
It is not clear whether the former president ever made copies of these documents and whether these copies are kept in other homes of the former president. A spokesman for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Cohen has been Trump’s lawyer and confidant for ten years. In 2018, his home and office were raided as part of a Trump-linked investigation into illegal silence payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to felony charges including tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and bank fraud. In December 2018, he was sentenced to three years in prison, and in February 2019, the New York Supreme Court stripped him of his status.
For his part, Cohen weighed many aspects of the Mar-a-Lago raid. He celebrated news of the raid by saying that Trump was finally “held to account.”
He later weighed how Trump was likely nervous about a potential Mar-a-Lago mole and said he wouldn’t be surprised if one of Trump’s children or his son-in-law Jared Kushner turned out to be an FBI informant.
Cohen also said that Trump could try to find a scapegoat for any crimes uncovered in the Mar-a-Lago raid, such as his former lawyer Rudy Giuliani. He also suggested that Trump was likely holding classified documents as “bargaining chips” so he could threaten to reveal classified information to America’s adversaries as a “jail escape card.”