Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by New York Attorney General Letitia James that she had filed a civil lawsuit against the former president and his three eldest children for an alleged tax evasion scheme.
“I would like to personally thank [James] for acknowledging my participation and helping to report to the Mandarin Mussolini! Cohen tweeted. “My journey to truth has been filled with sadness, pain and anger. Today’s announcement actually [all] worth it!!!”
At a press conference to announce the lawsuit, James noted that Cohen had played a major role in launching the three-year investigation, which she said involved reviewing millions of documents and interviewing 65 witnesses.
“Mr. Trump and his allies can say these penalties are too harsh or it’s part of a witch hunt,” she said. ‘after Michael Cohen, his former attorney, testified before Congress and shed light on the misconduct.”
James’ office seeks to ban Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump from doing business in New York State, as well as having them pay around $250 million in restitution and limiting their access to loans.
His office is also making criminal referrals to federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service, finding the Trumps violated federal law.
Cohen told Congress in 2019 that Trump grossly overstated his wealth before he was president, including inflating his assets by asking for a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills NFL team in 2014.
He said Trump exaggerated his wealth when it served his purposes and also deflated asset values to lower his property taxes.
Cohen was once one of Trump’s closest advisers, but turned against him after the lawyer was indicted for facilitating a silent payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to stop him from disclosing a alleged affair with Trump less than two weeks before the 2016 election. Cohen said it was done at Trump’s direction.
Cohen served time in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to tax crimes, fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. Trump faced no consequences for the scheme.
Since then, Cohen has burned the earth on his former boss, regularly speaking out against him and working with various authorities investigating wrongdoing by the former president and his family.