When Michael D. Cohen’s office was raided, much was made of President Trump’s personal lawyer surrendering all of his files over to federal investigators. It was feared by his supporters – and hoped by his detractors – that enough dirt on Trump would be found to enable impeachment hearings following the 2018 midterm elections in November.
But as more information comes out about Cohen and what he was actually doing, it paints the picture of a man who exaggerated his influence with the President in order to extract money from rich corporate clientele.
According to a report released by the New York Times, Cohen pined for a top role in the Trump administration such as Chief of Staff but was ultimately rejected. Afterwards, Cohen found that he could convince corporations to pay him top dollar for access to the administration by billing himself as ‘Trump’s lawyer.’ This allowed Cohen to trick some high rollers including AT&T, Novartis and the prestigious Squire Patton Boggs law firm into giving him a total of over $2 million.
It remains unclear whether Cohen actually had massive amounts of influence to peddle or if he was just performing a con job. Michael Avenatti, who is porno actress Stormy Daniels’ attorney, alleges that Cohen received a six-figure payout from a Russian oligarch as one of his clients.
After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s atty Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the mos. after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarc with close ties to Mr. Putin. These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 8, 2018
It remains to be seen how much President Trump really knew about what was going on with Cohen, who likely exaggerated his closeness to President Trump in order to cash out. Avenatti even admits that Cohen was running a consulting firm of sorts from the documents.
WOW. Evidently, the personal attorney to Mr. Trump (NOT a lobbying firm) was actively soliciting clients and trying to sell access to the highest office in the land. Maybe this is why the SDNY case is with the Public Corruption division of the U.S. Attys Office. #basta https://t.co/yEHThVCMLh
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 9, 2018
While Cohen’s behavior may be legally questionable, it is unlikely that anything found by raiding his office will result in Donald Trump’s impeachment.