Michael Cohen says Trump may have kept classified documents at Mar-a-Lago as a ‘bargaining chip’ to avoid any possible jail time.

Former President Donald Trump is being investigated by the Department of Justice regarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump kept top secret documents to use as a potential bargaining chip.

  • Cohen said Trump could threaten to release classified information to Russia or Iran.

  • Cohen said the information could be used by Trump as a “get out of jail free card.”

Michael Cohen, who was once President Trump’s personal lawyer, believes that Trump kept highly classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence as potential bargaining chips that he could leverage. If they are ever in danger of going to jail.

“I believe he will use this as a bargaining chip, as a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Cohen said on CNN. “The second they put him in handcuffs, he’ll turn around and say, ‘You don’t seem to understand. I have documents on, for example, where our nuclear launch pads are, or other information — sensitive national security. information”

Cohen painted a scenario in which Trump would threaten to release classified information to his “loyal supporters” that he had kept on Russia, Iran, or “whoever.” He added that he doesn’t believe Trump “cares about this country.”

CNN host Alison Camerota also asked Cohen if he thought any of the documents Trump kept at his Florida home were memorabilia.

“I’m sure some of it was Kim Jong-un’s love letters, or a letter he might have received from Vladimir Putin about his Miss Universe pageant, which he could show if he Never felt that he needed this document,” said Cohen.

“But I believe the sensitive information out there was or was being used as a get-out-of-jail-free card,” he added.

In executing a search warrant at the property last Monday, the FBI removed 11 sets of classified documents — some of which contained top-secret and related nuclear weapons markings. According to the warrant, the Justice Department is investigating whether Trump broke three federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

For his part, Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claimed without evidence that he had declassified all of the documents from Mar-a-Lago. Trump faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the Espionage Act.

After the FBI raid, Cohen publicly expressed his joy at how Trump was finally being held “accountable.” He also speculated that a possible informant within Trump’s ranks who tipped off the FBI about the documents at Mar-a-Lago could be one of the former president’s children or his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

On Monday, Cohen also speculated that Trump’s next move in the Mar-a-Lago investigation would be to find a scapegoat and suggested that person would likely be Rudy Giuliani, another of Trump’s former personal lawyers. .

When contacted for comment, a Trump spokesperson told Insider: “Michael Cohen is an illegal felon who was convicted of nearly a dozen charges, including lying to a congressional committee, which Because he makes the best guest on CNN.”

Cohen was Trump’s lawyer and close associate for a decade. In 2018, he was the subject of a search of his home and office, as part of an investigation into illegal hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to felony charges including tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and bank fraud. He was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018 and was overturned by the New York Supreme Court in February 2019.

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