One of President Trump’s former attorney’s has little faith in Michael Cohen’s loyalty.
Trump’s longtime legal adviser, Jay Goldberg, warned the president that if Cohen was faced with criminal charges, he would cooperate with federal prosecutors and wouldn’t hesitate to turn against him, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Goldberg, who represented Trump in divorce and real-estate matters the 1990s and early 2000s, told the Journal that he explained to the president in a phone call on Friday that on a scale of 1 to 100 of protecting the president, Cohen “isn’t even a 1.”
“Michael will never stand up [for you],” Goldberg said he told Trump.
Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, has been under criminal investigation for months and last week had his home, hotel and office raided by the FBI. Among the documents they were seeking were any related to payments made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, reportedly $130,000 and former Playboy model Karen McDougal who have both alleged having affairs with Trump years ago.
Cohen tweeted earlier this month that he would “always protect our @POTUS,” but Goldberg finds that doubtful if enough pressure is put on him.
Trump made the 15-minute call to his former attorney seeking guidance in handling the developments with Cohen. Goldberg, who does not believe Trump has done anything wrong, warned the president that Cohen might even agree to wear a wire during conversations with him.
“You have to be alert,” Goldberg said he told the president. “I don’t care what Michael says.”
He spoke to the Journal about his experience in prosecuting members of the mafia and how even they could turn under pressure from the government. “The mob was broken by Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano caving in out of the prospect of a jail sentence,”Goldberg said.
The president was “complimentary” about Goldberg after the call, according to a White House official, the Journal reported. The 85-year-old attorney has practiced law for more than five decades and gave the president some other advice during their call.
Goldberg said he advised Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and to avoid an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Talking is a certain trap,” he told the president. “Don’t ever do it.”