Michael Cohen says Trump is bluffing about another presidential run because he can't 'stomach the notion of being a two-time loser'
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Michael Cohen said Trump was partially bluffing about a run in 2024 because "he'll make more money with it than anything he's ever done".
He told Insiders that Trump is also teasing a campaign to "maintain a semblance of power, meaning and relevance that he has none of".
But in the end, Cohen said Trump would not run because he "can't stand the idea of being a two-time loser".
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The longtime former lawyer and fixer of former President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he believed Trump was bluffing about launching another presidential campaign.
"His insatiable need for attention is one reason he continues to flaunt this insincere run in 2024," Michael Cohen said in an interview with Insider. "The other is that he's making more money doing it than anything he's ever done before."
Trump has repeatedly teased a potential 2024 campaign in the months since he left office in January. The former president raised more money than any other Republican in the first half of the year and had a war chest of more than $ 100 million by the end of June, the New York Times reported in the summer, citing federal election papers.
But even though Trump claimed the 2020 elections were rigged and promised to help more Republicans vote, Trump hasn't spent any money on exams or GOP-led campaigns, according to Politico. Instead, he spent most of the money on promoting his own interests, covering event and travel expenses, and paying the salaries of his assistants and consultants, the report said. He has also used some of the funds to cover legal costs in his baseless attempt to overturn the 2020 election results.
Cohen on Wednesday described Trump as "the greatest crook in the history of American politics," adding that he will ultimately "find a handful of reasons not to run again and blame others for his decision."
"He will say that he will no longer run because he is bipartisan hated or because of the Democrats or because he no longer wants to go through his family," Cohen said of Trump. "He can't stand the idea of being a two-time loser, but he'll go on until the last second."
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The former president "is trying to maintain a semblance of power, meaning and relevance that he has none," said Cohen, who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a number of crimes.
He pleaded guilty to eight campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and wire transfer fraud in August 2018. He also pleaded guilty in November of lying to Congress in the context of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.
Trump initially defended Cohen in early 2018, describing the FBI's raids on his home and office as "shameful" and a "total witch hunt". But the president quickly changed the mood when it was discovered that Cohen was cooperating with the Feds, calling his former lawyer and longtime fixer a "rat," a term often used by Mafia bosses to describe former loyalists, who attack them.
Cohen also postponed his testimony before Congress in early 2019, citing "ongoing threats against his family from President Trump" and Giuliani. His testimony came after Trump repeatedly tweeted that Cohen's father-in-law should be investigated, a statement Cohen's attorney and some Democratic lawmakers interpreted as intimidating witnesses.
Cohen argued last December that he should be early released from domestic detention under the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that Trump signed in 2018.
However, prosecutors said in March that Cohen should continue to serve the remainder of his sentence in domestic custody. The former lawyer and fixer for the president said he was "frustrated" and "exhausted" but was looking forward to his release on November 22nd.
When asked what he would do first after his sentence, Cohen joked, "Go to Disneyland."
"To be honest, I don't know," he said. "In sixty days I have to rebuild my life, which is not easy at 55."
However, Cohen has already begun laying the foundation for a return to public life. In addition to making frequent appearances on the cable news commenting on the latest developments in Trumpworld, Cohen also started a podcast called "Mea Culpa" which he described as part of his efforts to "correct the injustice he has made on behalf of his former" has immortalized boss. "
The latest episode of the podcast featured Stormy Daniels, the adult movie star whose alleged affair with Trump was at the center of Cohen's first admission of guilt in 2018, marking the end of his sentence, a press release said.
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