Featured News

Why the Manafort Trial Makes Clear That Michael Cohen Is Doomed

We haven’t heard from Michael Cohen or his attorney lately, and in many ways the silence has been deafening. The former Trump attorney has not been on Twitter or on television or anywhere else in the media for weeks.

Read: Samuel Alito Is The Insurrectionist Threat To Democracy On The Supreme Court

It is probably not a coincidence that Cohen seems to have gone underground at the same time that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort has gone on trial.

Mueller has used Manafort’s trial to send a message that anyone who fights him is doomed. And the main intended recipient of that message is Michael Cohen.

In many respects Cohen is in exactly the same situation as Manafort, it’s just that he hasn’t been indicted yet.

To clarify, let’s look at the Cohen news that appeared in the media over the past week but has been mostly ignored.

First of all, Cohen is now under investigation for tax fraud.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “federal authorities are assessing whether Mr. Cohen’s income from his taxi-medallion business was underreported in federal tax returns.”

The Journal article said that Cohen illegally avoided reporting as taxable income hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Journal also said that officials “also are looking into whether any bank employees improperly allowed Mr. Cohen to obtain loans for which he didn’t provide adequate documentation.”

Tax fraud. Bank fraud. Illicit loans. Money laundering. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

Another similarity between Cohen’s case and the Manafort trial is that both of these close Trump friends have business associates who “flipped” on them and are cooperating with law enforcement.

In Manafort’s case it is his former employee and personal assistant Rick Gates who is cooperating with Mueller in exchange for lesser charges and shorter prison terms. Everyone agrees that Gates’ testimony against Manafort was deadly and there is no chance that Trump’s longtime associate will be found innocent of all 18 charges.

In Cohen’s case, he has a business partner who has also “flipped” and is working with prosecutors. And like Gates, this business associate could provide the evidence needed to find Cohen guilty. The guy who flipped and cut a plea deal is Evgeny Freidman known as the “Taxi King” who has been Cohen’s partner in the New York City taxi business for many years.

According to the Journal, Freidman has helped investigators understand the details of the finances of Cohen’s own taxi cab business. And, as expected, they found out that Cohen was running the same kinds of tax scams as Freidman, and they have the evidence they need to prove it in court.

In essence, this means that that Freidman is going to do to Cohen what Gates did to Manafort. And because of the article in the Journal, Cohen knows it.

Yesterday the AP reported that the review of the Cohen documents seized in the FBI raid in April has been completed, which means the prosecutors can now proceed with their case against Cohen for various other financial crimes.

So the delays are over and the messages have been sent. The time is now for Michael Cohen to end his silence.

The Manafort trial has shown Michael Cohen that he has no chance of getting off and being found innocent. He now knows that he had better cut his own plea deal ASAP in order to avoid Manafort’s fate of spending decades in prison.

Recent Posts

Trump Gets Booed And Bombs At The Libertarian Convention

Trump's speech at the Libertarian Convention featured him getting booed by the audience and was…

14 hours ago

Trump Makes Secret Service Confiscate Rubber Chickens At Libertarian Convention

Trump had the Secret Service confiscate rubber chickens that were handed out by the RFK…

15 hours ago

Jack Smith Moves On Trump’s False FBI Assassination Plot Claims

Special Counsel Jack Smith is requesting that Trump be prohibited from making comments about law…

22 hours ago

Trump Could Get Hammered At Sentencing For Gag Order Violations

Legal experts are suggesting that Trump could face a harsher sentence if he is convicted…

24 hours ago

Hakeem Jeffries Tells The American People To Keep The Heat On Alito And Thomas

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said it is up to the American people and…

2 days ago

Trump’s Economic Plan Would Raise Taxes On The Poor And Middle Class

A new study found that Donald Trump's economic plan would raise taxes on poor and…

2 days ago