Michael Cohen Suggests House Arrest Over Jail for Trump, Citing Security Risks

Cohen turns key witness in Trump's business fraud trial.

by Nouman Rasool
Michael Cohen Suggests House Arrest Over Jail for Trump, Citing Security Risks
© Spencer Platt/Pool/GettyImages

Michael Cohen, previously a personal attorney to former President Donald Trump, recently expressed his concerns about the possibility of jailing Trump. In a CNN interview on Monday, Cohen suggested that incarcerating Trump could pose a risk to national security, proposing a strict house arrest as an alternative.

Cohen emphasized the need for accountability, noting that if it were anyone else, they would likely already be in prison. His main concern revolves around Trump's deep knowledge of national security secrets obtained during his presidency.

Cohen fears that Trump, known for his unpredictability, might exploit this sensitive information, even for trivial gains.

Cohen's Critical Testimony

Once a loyal ally of Trump, Cohen has significantly distanced himself from his former boss, becoming a pivotal witness in various legal actions against him.

His latest involvement includes testimony in the ongoing New York business fraud trial, where Trump and his sons are accused of manipulating asset values in financial statements. This trial, however, does not pose a direct jail threat to Trump.

The real legal jeopardy for Trump lies in the four impending criminal cases. These include allegations of his attempts to illegally maintain power post the 2020 election loss to Joe Biden, mishandling classified documents after his presidency, and involvement in a hush money payment to a former adult film actress.

Cohen asserts that Trump’s incarceration in a standard prison could lead to a security breach, given his propensity to share classified information, as allegedly evidenced at Mar-a-Lago. Cohen advocates for a stringent form of house arrest for Trump, significantly limiting his visitors and prohibiting leisure activities like golfing.

This approach, according to Cohen, would mitigate the risk of Trump misusing sensitive information while ensuring he faces consequences. Cohen has also speculated that the New York business fraud trial could financially devastate Trump.

Prosecutors are pursuing $250 million in damages and aim to bar Trump from conducting business in New York. Reflecting on his courtroom experience against Trump, Cohen described an emotional detachment while facing his former employer and his son, Eric Trump.

Trump's legal team has commenced their defense in the trial and is anticipated to request a mistrial. This ongoing legal battle continues to garner significant public and media attention, highlighting the complex and multifaceted nature of Trump's post-presidential legal challenges.