In an interview on Sunday, Trump attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed to know why former Trump attorney Michael Cohen ended his allegiance to President Trump.
In recent weeks, Cohen has completely flipped from the once loyalist to the president—who Cohen once said he’d take a bullet for—to alleging Trump is just as legally responsible for an illegal payment made during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Giuliani said Cohen flipped because he was caught without an out: “I told his lawyers there will be no discussion of a pardon.”
“I think that’s one of the reasons why he double-crossed the president,” Giuliani added.
It seems Cohen is not willing to go down alone as he recently changed his tone regarding President Trump.
“I will not be the villain of his story,” Cohen said during an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
Here’s more on Cohen’s crime and Trump’s alleged involvement, from ABC News:
Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments with two women because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public, the president’s former personal attorney said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Cohen’s comments are his first since being sentenced earlier this week to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and two campaign finance violations in connection with the deals with the women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who claim past affairs with Trump.
“I knew what I was doing was wrong,” Cohen told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I stood up before the world [Wednesday] and I accepted the responsibility for my actions.”
“I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty,” Cohen said during the interview, after claiming he had a “blind loyalty” to Trump during the campaign.
A Washington Examiner op-ed reports Cohen also said: “I’m angry at myself because I knew what I was doing was wrong. I stood up before the world yesterday, and I accepted the responsibility for my actions. The actions that I gave to a man … who I was loyal to. I should not be the only one taking responsibility for his actions.”
The actions he’s referring to are the two campaign finance violations to which he pleaded guilty, though he arguably shouldn’t have. Not that it makes much difference when you’re up against six other charges of tax fraud and lying to banks in order to secure massive loans, plus repeatedly lying to the FBI and Congress.
Cohen had misled Congress about the timeline of a failed business deal he pursued in Russia on behalf of the Trump Organization (putting us the closest we’ve come so far to demonstrating any meaningful connection between President Trump and the Kremlin).
For that, he was given a paltry two months in prison, which were to be served concurrent with the rest of his time. So, he effectively got no time for that one.