Michael Cohen, formerly Trump’s lawyer and the guy who paid off the adult film star who had a tryst with Trump, looks like he’s about to turn state’s evidence on his former client.
According to sources close to the RNC and a copy of the letter obtained by ABC, Cohen said special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and the investigation into his financial dealings were preventing him from doing the work he needed to do as deputy finance chair of the finance committee.
“This important role requires the full time attention and dedication of each member. Given the ongoing Mueller and SDNY investigations, that simply is impossible for me to do,” he reportedly wrote in the letter addressed to RNC chair Ronna McDaniel.
In the letter, Cohen also attempted to detach himself from Trump for the first time, reportedly calling the separation of families at the U.S. border “heart wrenching.”‘
“As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy is heart wrenching,” Cohen wrote, according to ABC. “While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips.”
Throwing in the comment about the family separation policy is the clue to his intentions, or at the least a signal that he could be persuaded to tell the Mueller team what he knows. He’s breaking away from the pack.
Why now? It wasn’t the pictures of crying children, was it? More likely it was that Mr. Mueller has enough on him to land him in prison for a while and Mr. Cohen is letting him and the world know that he is open to negotiation. He’s also sending a signal to anyone else in the Trump orbit that now’s the time to make a deal and get what you can before the grand jury hands down indictments.