Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen on Wednesday cheered New York Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement that she had filed a civil lawsuit against the former president and his three eldest children for alleged tax fraud.
“I want to personally thank you [James] for acknowledging my participation and assisting in accountability to the Mandarin Mussolini!” Cohen tweeted. “My journey to the truth is filled with sadness, pain and anger. Today’s announcement makes it [all] worth the effort!!!”
In a press conference to announce the lawsuit, James noted that Cohen had been instrumental in starting the three-year investigation, which she said included a review of millions of documents and interviews with 65 witnesses.
“Mr. Trump and his allies can say these sentences are too harsh or that this is part of a witch hunt,” she said. “I will remind everyone that this investigation only began after Michael Cohen, his former attorney, before Congress. had testified and shed light on this misconduct.”
James’ office tries to ban Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump to conduct business in New York State, making them pay approximately $250 million in restitutions and limiting their access to loans.
Her office also refers federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service as they believe the Trumps have broken federal law.
Cohen testified before Congress in 2019 that Trump grossly overestimated his wealth before he was president, including inflating his net worth when applying for a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills NFL team in 2014.
He said Trump exaggerated his wealth when it served his purposes and also deflated asset values to lower his property taxes.
Cohen was once one of Trump’s closest advisers, but he turned against him after the attorney was charged with facilitating a hush money payment to porn actor Stormy Daniels to prevent her from having an alleged affair with him less than two weeks before the 2016 election. Trump would reveal. Cohen said this was done at Trump’s direction.
Cohen spent time in prison after pleading guilty in 2018 to tax crimes, fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. Trump has not been affected by the arrangement.
Cohen has since been scorched by his former boss, routinely speaking out against him and collaborating with various authorities investigating the misconduct of the former president and his family.