Donald Trump brought classified White House documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate as a ‘get out of jail card’ in case the government tries to press charges against him after he leaves office, it has been reported. the hypothesis of his former lawyer Michael Cohen. .
“That’s exactly what he saw in those documents,” Cohen said on the “Salon Talks” podcast. “‘You want to play with me? Really? I was the former president of the United States. I have documents that are so harmful to the national security of this country. Go ahead, indict me, try to throw in jail. See what happens. What happens is he hands over all this classified information, not like he hasn’t already, but he hands over all his classified information to our opponents, right? ‘Do you want to play this game? No problem!'”
He said his former boss would do “anything and everything to protect himself, plain and simple”.
“He doesn’t care about this country. He doesn’t care about democracy. He doesn’t care about QAnon,” he added. “He doesn’t care about independents. He doesn’t care about Republicans or Democrats. He cares about one thing and one thing only and that is Donald J. Trump.
Cohen and others have made similar predictions since the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s compound in Florida on Aug. 8 to recover sensitive government documents he had illegally taken there. During Interview with CNN later that month, Cohen said Trump likely viewed the documents as bargaining chips if he was indicted.
“The second they put the handcuffs on him, he would turn around and say, ‘I have the documentation showing, for example, where our nuclear launch pads are,'” Cohen guessed.
Last month, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, said he had a similar feeling about Trump’s reasons.
“I spend a lot of time in the secure facilities of the Senate. I know what that information looks like,” he said on CNN. “The reason Trump took her with him to Florida was probably to try to sell her or get her as a ‘free jail get out’ card.”
During the August 8 search at Mar-a-Lago, officials were able to recover at least 20 boxes and 11 pieces of relevant documents. Trump was found to have had more than 300 classified documents in his possession, including 150 he turned over to the National Archives.
Last week, The New York Times reported that the Justice Department believed there were even more documents in Trump’s possession.
Cohen, who served time in prison after facilitating a silent payment to porn actor Stormy Daniels to prevent him from disclosing an alleged affair with Trump before the 2016 election, has since written a second book critical of the president.
“Revenge: How Donald Trump Weaponized the Us Department of Justice Against His Critics” is due out this week.