Fifth Felony Charge Forecast for Trump by Michael Cohen

Cohen reveals new potential legal woes for Trump's circle.

by Nouman Rasool
Fifth Felony Charge Forecast for Trump by Michael Cohen
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In a recent episode of his podcast "Mea Culpa," Michael Cohen, a former attorney and "fixer" for Donald Trump, speculated that the former President might soon confront a fifth set of felony charges. This revelation follows a controversial call between Trump and Michigan canvassers, which has come under scrutiny for potential election fraud.

The call, detailed in a report by The Detroit News, occurred on November 17, 2020, with Trump and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel urging Michigan canvassers not to certify the 2020 election results. Trump's alleged pressure tactics included warnings that certifying a win for Joe Biden would look "terrible," coupled with calls to "fight for our country." McDaniel reportedly advised the canvassers against signing Wayne County's official statement of votes, promising legal support.

Cohen Exposes 'Big Lie'

Cohen, on his podcast, pointed out the ongoing perpetuation of the 'Big Lie' by Trump and his allies. He also hinted at the possibility of McDaniel facing a bribery charge related to these phone calls.

Trump, already entangled in four criminal indictments, including two for alleged 2020 election interference, might now face repercussions for his actions in Michigan and other states. Cohen, in a correspondence with Newsweek, drew parallels between Trump's Michigan call and his conversation with Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

He emphasized the potential for these actions to lead to further legal challenges for Trump, noting that any of the four current indictments could significantly impact Trump's freedom. Supporting Cohen's assertions, attorney Joe Gallina, associated with the pro-Democratic group Call to Activism, referred to the Michigan calls as "perfect evidence" against Trump.

Gallina highlighted the persuasive nature of recorded evidence in legal proceedings, emphasizing the severity of the situation for the former president. Meanwhile, a Trump campaign spokesperson defended the former President's actions, claiming they were in line with his presidential duties and the pursuit of election integrity.

This statement came amid ongoing controversies, including the July announcement by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel of felony charges against 16 Republicans linked to a false electors' scheme. Despite the legal challenges and 91 criminal charges across four indictments, Trump continues to lead in the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race.

Cohen expressed his astonishment at the unwavering support for Trump despite the growing fatigue over his divisive rhetoric and chaotic leadership. The case continues to unfold, with major hearings against six of the 16 Republicans involved in the alleged false electors' scheme held recently, and more expected in the coming month.

As the legal drama escalates, the political landscape remains attentive to the unfolding consequences of Trump's actions during and after the contentious 2020 election.