- Michael Cohen believes that Trump may have passed on classified information while traveling.
- The Washington Post reported that Trump would take unorganized boxes of documents abroad.
- Cohen suggested that Trump likely took the documents with him for “vile reasons.”
Michael Cohen, personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump for 12 years, believes that Trump may have given away top-secret information while traveling the world during his time in the White House.
On TikTok on Monday, Cohen responded to a recent Washington Post article that reported on how Trump took unorganized boxes of classified documents on foreign trips and kept them in hotel rooms even in countries considered US adversaries. .
Stephanie Grisham, who served as Trump’s White House press secretary, also told The Post that documents her ex sent for often “just disappeared.”
Cohen said on his TikTok: “Let me be very clear considering I know this ‘Mussolini mandarin’ very well. Donald doesn’t take boxes of materials around the world for no reason. He took them for nefarious reasons.”
“I stand firm when I say Donald wants to use this to hold the country hostage,” he later said. “That’s his goal. His target is because he knows his ass is in the meat grinder right now. He knows he’s ready, that he’s going to use this information, look for everything we know, he’s already given it away, but there’s definitely more to it. it’s there.”
Cohen argued that Trump would attempt to use classified information to “ensure that he does not spend the rest of his natural life behind bars on charges of treason.”
He had previously speculated that the former president intended to use secret documents he kept at his home in Mar-a-Lago as a “bargaining chip” in case he ever faced prosecution or imprisonment.
“The second he gets handcuffed, he turns around and says, ‘You don’t seem to understand. I have documentation showing, for example, where our nuclear launchers are located, or other information – classified national security information. ,” he said.
Cohen proposed a situation in which Trump could threaten that his supporters would give out top-secret information to Russia or Iran. “My prediction is that charges will be filed soon,” Cohen said on his Monday TikTok.
Cohen has been known to criticize Trump and make pompous comments about the former president, such as when he told CNN that the former president may have kept “love letters” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un among documents in his home.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes including tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and bank fraud, and was later sentenced to three years in prison. The New York Supreme Court stripped him of his status in February 2019.
Cohen’s remarks come amid Trump’s scrutiny of classified documents seized by the FBI following a raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home earlier this month. Trump also faces three criminal investigations, a civil investigation, four lawsuits and an indictment against the Trump Organization for what prosecutors say is a payroll tax evasion scheme.
One of the lawsuits against Trump was filed by Cohen, who is seeking $20 million in damages for his time behind bars and lying to Congress about Trump’s deals.