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Following Cohen’s release from prison, he told CNN that he believes Trump will be indicted, saying, “I believe, personally, that they have more than enough in order to bring the indictments yesterday.”
He added that he believes that the information and leads he has provided prosecutors are more than enough to indict the former president, adding that “the wheels of justice turn slowly, but they always come full circle.”
Cohen also gave his opinion on Trump’s 2024 presidential plans, saying, “Donald will not run, because first of all, he has an incredibly fragile ego. He lost by what? Nine million votes the first time, he will lose by more than nine million the second, and his fragile ego cannot stand to be considered a two-time loser.”
He later added that Trump’s supposed 2024 presidential run is, “nothing more than the world’s greatest grift. He’s bringing in money greater than when he had the Trump organization and all its assets. So why would he give this up?”Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described political ‘fixer’ from 2006 to 2018. He at first refused to turn on the former president amidst the investigations until federal authorities raided his home, office, and hotel room in 2018.
Cohen sued William Burr, Trump’s Attorney General from February 2019 to December 2020, for allegedly using the Justice Department to retaliate against Cohen over his plans to write a tell-all book about Trump. Since then Cohen has released a book about Trump and reportedly has plans to write another.