President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has just invoked the 5th amendment, saying that proceeding with the case could incriminate him.
Because of this, he will no longer be able to represent President Trump.
Just one week ago, Trump was asked about the Stormy Daniels case, and referred all reporters’ questions to Michael Cohen:
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael’s my attorney, and you’ll have to ask Michael,” Trump responded.
Now, Michael Cohen is saying he can’t answer, either.
JUST IN: Stormy Daniels' attorney @MichaelAvenatti says Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen will "plead the 5th amendment against self incrimination" and he "will seek an emergency stay" against the defamation lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/a0qmLEldZV
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 12, 2018
Stormy’s attorney Michael Avenatti made the revelation on MSNBC:
“Make no mistake about it. We’re talking about the attorney to the president of the United States,” Aventti said. “The man that knows where a lot of bodies are buried, and we have learned within the last hour or two that it is his intention to plead the Fifth Amendment.”
This case is getting more interesting by the minute.
Just a few days ago, Cohen’s offices and home were raided by the F.B.I. It’s said that Cohen has audio recordings of his conversations, including possible conversations between him and Trump. Those will be considered to be gold mines to prosecutors looking to uncover how much Trump knew about the payments to Stormy and whether he lied to the public.
Some things that investigators will be taking particular notice of:
Did Trump and Cohen conspire to keep the affair and payment to Stormy Daniels under wraps? Was the money made from campaign monies, which prior payments to the Trump organization from the campaign lead likely to be the case?
Trump was asked directly when he was en route for Virginia if he set up a fund of money from which Cohen could take from, but he denied answering the question.
Cohen is trying to make this case go away for fear of self-incrimination, and Stormy Daniel’s attorney is opposing the motion.
This is still a developing story.