President Donald Trump’s long-time lawyer Michael Cohen has been telling pals he expects to be arrested soon, according to new reports Tuesday.
A Vanity Fair article also quoted an ex-White House official saying that “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen” deciding to cooperate with federal prosecutors against the president.
“If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him,” the source told Vanity Fair about Cohen, who is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in New York City.
Both Vanity Fair and the New York Daily News cited sources as saying Cohen has told friends he believes his arrest is imminent.
Cohen told Vanity Fair in a text message, “Your alleged source is wrong!”
The stories about Cohen were published a day after a key deadline — without any action by either Cohen or Trump — for objections to be raised about files seized from Cohen in April by the FBI.
A legal source told CNBC that the failure of either Cohen or Trump to make any objections suggests they fear the public disclosure of “devastating” facts contained in a handful of files.
Cohen, 51, has not been charged with any crimes. Neither his lawyer Stephen Ryan nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comments.
Prosecutors are looking at Cohen’s business dealings, as well as his having paid porn star Daniels $130,000 on the eve of the 2016 presidential election in exchange for what she has said was her silence about an alleged affair she had with Trump.
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SOURCE: CNBC, Dan Mangan and Kevin Breuninger