Cohen fears Trump will 'exact revenge on anyone who had wronged him'

‘I fear for my safety…’: Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen fears ex-President will ‘exact revenge on anyone who has done him wrong’ and his re-election could be a ‘problem for America’s democracy’

  • Michael Cohen, 57, says he fears for his own safety if Trump were re-elected
  • The former lawyer said the former president would go after everyone he could
  • Cohen and Trump have fallen out in the years since they worked together 

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he’s terrified that the ex-president will exact terrible revenge ‘on anyone who had done him wrong’ if he’ re-elected. 

Cohen, 57, told Good Morning Britain that he he fears for both his safety and his life, and is currently considering leaving the US if Trump is made president again. 

‘You don’t know Donald Trump. I do. Don’t listen to my words. Listen to his words. He will exact revenge on anyone who has done him wrong. 

‘There’s a lot of people on that list. It’s not just me. It’s judges, it’s lawyers, it’s citizens. It’s prosecutors. It’s Congress members.

‘He will exact revenge on anyone and everyone that he’s capable of.’

Cohen, 57, (pictured) told Good Morning Britain that he he fears for both his safety and his life

Donald Trump (pictured, left) and Michael Cohen previously had a good working relationship

He appeared at Trump’s civil fraud trial in New York, where the former president is accused of fraudulently inflating his net worth 

Cohen admitted to making hush money payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels (pictured)

Cohen claimed in his memoir, Disloyal, that Trump made several racist remarks against Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama

The former lawyer, who was disbarred from practising law in the state of New York in 2019 after he pleaded guilty to arranging payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels and lying to Congress, said that he’s not sure locking Trump in prison would make him go away. 

‘I want him held accountable, but I have great concerns that if in fact Donald Trump is locked up in an institution, that he would sell or give away national security secrets for a bag of tuna or a book of stamps. 

‘My bigger concern is the protection and safety of America.

‘So let them put him under a very serious home confinement situation. But to put him into an institution, remember, for four years, he was briefed every single day on national security issues. 

‘I care more about America than I do seeing Donald Trump behind bars.’

A grinning Michael Cohen, 57, was seen arriving at court for the fourth week of Trump’s $250million fraud trial

Michael Cohen came face to face with former client and friend Donald Trump as he took the stand in the former president’s $250million fraud trial Tuesday

Michael Cohen came face to face with former client and friend Donald Trump as he took the stand in the former president’s $250million fraud trial Tuesday 

Cohen was sent to prison for three years for financial crimes and lying to Congress. 

He admitted to the New York Times in 2018 that he paid Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 out of his own pocket in order to silence her, after she allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump. 

He also admitted purchasing the rights to a negative story about Donald Trump from US tabloid The National Inquirer involving former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed she and Trump had an affair from 2006 until 2007. 

Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about securing Russian government support for a planned Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential election. 

He admitted to making false statements to hinder US investigations into the matter and to help Trump. 

Speaking to the court, Cohen claimed he broke the law on behalf of the former president 

Cohen told the court he breached campaign finance laws with a hush money payment to former Playmate Karen McDougal (pictured) to ‘ensure Mr. Trump was protected’

‘I made these statements to be consistent with [Trump’s] political messaging and out of loyalty with [Trump,’ Cohen told the federal court in 2018. 

The sentences came after Cohen and Trump spent years duking it out in the press, after publicly falling out with each other. 

Trump has repeatedly called Cohen a ‘felon,’ a ‘rat’ and a ‘liar’. Meanwhile, Cohen once claimed that if people wanted to get under the former president’s skin, ‘it’s not by saying he’s a narcissistic sociopath or that he’s definitely not 6ft 3in and he’s not 215 pounds, you go after the wallet. 

‘Once you start hitting that bank book, that’s what really gets to him.’

Cohen even published a memoir in 2020 recounting his time working for Trump. In it, he claimed the former president made racist remarks towards South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Barack Obama. 

He also claimed that Trump would consistently make cruel and humiliating remarks against his own family and members of his personal staff.  

The public falling out has carried on, years after they ended their working relationship. 

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