Michael Cohen says Trump will fall because of the ‘Al Capone effect’
- Michael Cohen has said he believes Trump will be charged with tax charges.
- Speaking to MSNBC, Cohen predicted that Trump would face “the Al Capone effect”.
- Capone, a notorious mobster, was indicted in 1931 for tax evasion.
Michael Cohen predicted on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump, like mobster Al Capone, would be shot down on tax evasion charges.
Speaking on MSNBC’s “Deadline White House,” Cohen – who was Trump’s attorney and personal fixer – weighed in on a sprawling investigation into the Trump Organization sparked by New York Attorney General Leticia James.
“Like the Al Capone effect, you won’t get them for murder, extortion, racketeering. You’ll get them for tax evasion,” Cohen said.
“And a lot of that, especially the easier, handy fruit, so to speak – that was available a long time ago,” he added, referring to potential evidence of acts fraud committed by the company of the former president.
Capone, a notorious Chicago gang leader, was not charged with violent crimes, but convicted in 1931 of tax evasion.
During his appearance on MSNBC, Cohen commented on Trump’s legal troubles and predicted that the former president would use a “playbook” – which Cohen helped create – in response to them.
“I think there will be criminal prosecution by the IRS. I think there will potentially be criminal prosecution by SDNY, especially now that it’s not controlled by Trump,” Cohen said, referring in the courts of the Southern District of New York. York.
“And I also believe that there will be other criminal investigations that will be forthcoming, but remember what Donald does, and again, it’s all part of the playbook that I’m tasked with helping to create,” he added. “This playbook is retard, retard retard.”
Cohen added that he thought the Trump Organization investigation looked like an “open and closed case” of fraud, classifying Trump’s denials as the “nonsense dialogues of a mad mind.”
A representative for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
Last week, Cohen received a shoutout from James when she announced that her office $250 million civil suit against Trump, his company and his adult children.
James accused the former president of falsely inflating his net worth by billions of dollars. She also seeks to prevent the Trumps from doing business in New York.
During his deposition in New York last month, Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 440 times – answering only a question about his name.
Meanwhile, Capone, a notorious Chicago gang leader, was not charged with violent crimes – but was instead indicted in 1921 for tax evasion.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to crimes, including tax evasion, campaign finance violations and bank fraud. It was sentenced in december that year to three years in prison and was disbarred in February 2019 by the New York Supreme Court.
Since his release, Cohen has become an outspoken critic of Trump. He weighed in on the former president’s many legal troubles, including the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
This week, Cohen announced he would be selling t-shirts featuring Trump behind bars to “celebrate the downfall of the Mussolini mango.”