Michael Cohen calls Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “bullshit”.

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Michael Cohen appears on “Objections: with Adam Klasfeld”

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The Manhattan District Attorney has been bombarded with criticism after two top prosecutors resigned in protest Alvin Bragg (D) released a statement last week insist that his investigation of the former president donald trump stays ongoing.

However, not everyone is particularly convinced Michael Kohenwhose testimony before Congress about three years ago sparked the Trump investigation.

In the latest episode of the Law&Crime podcast, Objections: with Adam KlasfeldCohen is holding no back on his trust in Bragg to prosecute the 45th President, and he’s throwing cold water at Manhattan prosecutors claim on CNN that he pursues new evidence and clues.

“That’s bullshit,” Cohen toned. “I know the evidence they had. I was responsible for making much of it available to them. I also know that Alvin Bragg came out and made a statement that there is some new evidence that we will follow and that is what we are doing. I call that bullshit. There is no new evidence that we have not discussed.”

Bragg’s rep did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

“My phone started exploding”

Cohen must know about such matters.

In 2019, Cohen’s testimony and evidence before Congress accusing Trump of inflating and deflating his wealth in exchange for tax benefits sparked the civil and criminal investigation in New York. The criminal investigation began under Bragg’s predecessor Cyrus Vance (D), who had hired a former blackmail prosecutor Markus Pomerantz to help lead the investigation along with his General Counsel, Carey Dunne.

Last February, Pomerantz and Dunne precipitously resigned just weeks after a recently elected Bragg took over the investigation, a move that caught many legal observers by surprise. Even Cohen said he was surprised by this development.

“That would have been nice afterwards [I had been] If I dedicated 15 sessions to them, someone would have let me know this is going to happen because people like you started calling me,” Cohen said. “My phone started exploding.”

Cohen added that he didn’t initially know the reason for the flood of press inquiries.

“No matter how many chances you would have given, I never thought that this was the reason that everyone was calling for Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunn to resign,” Cohen continued. “I know the information they have.”

For Cohen, he knew the investigation was over when the DA’s office began returning the “millions of pages” of boxes of documents he had provided. He said they represented a huge hall, “boxes lined up as far as you can see right down the aisles.”

“Anyone who works in the legal field will tell you that prosecutors never give you back documents from ongoing investigations, especially the originals,” Cohen said.

late last month, the New York Times publishes Pomerantz’s letter of resignation Expressing frustration at Bragg’s decision not to impeach Trump, which Pomerantz said he committed.numerous crimes.” Pomerantz wrote that he believed he could have proved this to a jury “beyond a reasonable doubt” — and that Vance had expected his successor to indict Trump as soon as possible.

“A punch in the face”

According to Cohen, Pomerantz learned that Bragg did not want to pursue the case from a memo, rather than hearing about it personally from his boss.

The objection was a “slap in the face to a more than two-year investigation that began when the district attorney [Vance] came to visit me three times in Otisville,” Cohen said, referring to the Federal Penitentiary in New York where he was serving part of his sentence related to Robert Muellers Investigations in Russia.

In December 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign finance violations related to hush money payments Stormy Daniels which he did on behalf of and at the direction of Trump. He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s attempted multi-billion dollar real estate deal in Moscow during the height of the 2016 campaign.

Those convictions gave Republicans on the House Oversight Committee a ready-made line of attack with which to “flagellate” him next year, Cohen recalled.

Some legal experts think prosecuting Trump would be difficult for the same reason. The former president did not text or email and the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization Allen Weisselberg never cooperated with the government after being charged with tax crimes. That would leave only Cohen, who would inevitably be grilled over his false testimony conviction under cross-examination. His current feelings towards Trump are also reflected in his name podcast, Mea culpa.

In the face of these critics, Cohen referred to his approach before the committee: “I didn’t want to allow them to label and brand me as this convicted liar.”

“So what have I done?” he asked. “I brought evidence. I brought the documents with me. I brought checks signed by Donald. I brought checks signed by Weisselberg and Don Jr. I brought copies of the original personal financial statements.”

In one famous example, the former president allegedly nearly tripled the size of his Trump Tower Triplex, which he described as evidence of criminal intent.

“Now if you tell me he didn’t know his apartment wasn’t 33,000 square feet, I’ll turn around and tell you someone hit you in the head with a stupid stick this morning,” Cohen said. “Because not only is he the owner of the apartment – and you know how big your house or apartment is – but also the developer.”

Beyond the Manhattan Attorney’s Office, Cohen discusses reports on Trump’s children and the January 6 Committee and his civil action about being sent back to prison after announcing he would write a book, a series of events a federal judge called retaliation.

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