Michael Cohen Now Claims Innocence Of Charges Despite Sworn Statements

I have previously written about Michael Cohen’s long and uninterrupted history of false statements, crimes, and unethical conduct (here and here and here and here and here). What was particularly impressive is that Cohen was told by Chairman Elijah Cummings that he would immediately be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution if he lied even in the slightest degree. In the view of many, Cohen proceeded to lie and Cummings decided to do nothing. Now Cohen is contradicting the sworn statements that he made in court as part of his sentencing is saying that the charges — and presumably his own statements accepting his guilt — were lies. Cohen reportedly told actor Tom Arnold last month that he is not guilty of the crimes that he told the court that he committed.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Arnold taped Cohen in the conversation — a reversal of practices for Cohen who notoriously even taped his own clients to capture incriminating statements. Cohen says that he was innocent of tax evasion charges and the criminal charge related to misstating his financial status in his home-equity line of credit was “a lie.” Those were the crimes that Cohen swore under oath that he committed and took responsibility for.

Cohen, 52, continues to come off as a pathetic figure who blames everyone but himself — a victim in a cruel world despite his long history as a legal thug threatening everyone from college students to journalists with ruin. Cohen is quoted as lamenting “I’m a man all alone, and I shouldn’t be alone anymore after more than 100 hours of testimony.” He claims that he is a noble being who went to jail to protect his wife — a curious statement that would seem to implicate his family in alleged criminal allegations: “I love this woman, and I am not going to let her get dragged into the mud of this crap.”

Many of us viewed Cohen’s three-year sentence as ridiculously low. Yet, he again portrays himself as being blindsided by a long and unjustified sentence.

As Cohen expresses denies responsibility for these crimes, his counsel Lanny Davis told NBC News on Wednesday that “Michael has taken responsibility for his crimes.”

25 thoughts on “Michael Cohen Now Claims Innocence Of Charges Despite Sworn Statements”

  1. Cohen glad to hear you turned Democrat, you’ll have a few more in prison with you before all is said and done,,enjoy your stay RAT!!!

  2. Neither is BIDEN and a few others though party affiliation has little to do with it nor does gender. Witness the victimization of women by women from the Clinton Cartel and NOW Gang.

  3. Proof positive democratism should be banned as an immoral influence on the quality life on Planet Earthj.

  4. Perhaps Cohen is taking the Stormy Daniels approach to legal statements. Your word means nothing. It changes like the wind, but expect each statement, no matter how contradictory, to be taken as truth.

    1. Karen, so your moral compass focuses your anger on the struggling porn star and not the plutocrat, now a public figure who s…d her while his wife was pregnant with his son, and who’s character is of utmost importance to the public?

      Really?

  5. Michael Cohen, the boy who cried wolf, is a metaphor for the “American Keystone Cops,” the Obama-era POTUS/FBI/CIA/DNI et al., the co-conspirators in the Obama Coup D’etat in America. These clowns actually thought they were going to fool the entire world and get away with it.

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious scandal in American political history.

    The co-conspirators are:

    Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Comey, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Kadzic, Yates, Baker,

    Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove, Steele,

    Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Kerry,

    Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch, Rice, Jarrett,

    Holder, Brazile, Sessions, Obama et al.

  6. Turley says: “Cohen, 52, continues to come off as a pathetic figure who blames everyone but himself — a victim in a cruel world despite his long history as a legal thug threatening everyone from college students to journalists with ruin.”

    That description fully fits his main client, a pathetic narcissist who constantly lies, never accepts responsibility for anything, and who pivots to trash the media and anyone who criticizes him. Trump has a long history of threatening anyone he perceives as getting in his way, including government agencies. Such threats went nowhere, but doing this was Trump’s idea because he did so long before Cohen was his counsel. Before Cohen, he had Roy Cohn, his “fixer”.

    You seem surprised that someone like Cohen would represent someone like Trump. What other kind of person would Trump get to speak for him or represent him other than someone just as unscrupulous and narcissistic as he? Anyone who has any scintilla of integrity either gets fired or quits his administration. Yesterday’s news cycle reported that Kjersten Nielsen was concerned about continued Russian spying and media manipulation, and wanted to do something to stop it. She was told never to mention this to Trump, because he perceives this as proving the illegitimacy of his “victory”. So, she tried to get together various agency heads to address the issue on her own. No doubt this played a role in her firing. As if caging innocent children wasn’t enough.

  7. My suggestion to you is that you consider a hypothesis: Cohen’s ethic is built around loyalties and his are concentric. Utterances are just tools in a box. It doesn’t matter if they are true or false, as they are merely instrumentalities. It doesn’t matter if you cheat people, defame them, or embezzle from them. The question at hand is how such an act would affect the long-term welfare of the people within your circle. Keep in mind that ‘welfare’ includes ‘psychic income’, keep in mind that you make these calculations with an implicit discount rate in mind, and keep in mind that the boundaries of his circle might change depending on the threat. It included Donald Trump until including him endangered people Cohen cares about more.

    I think it’s a reasonable wager that there actually are people Michael Cohen cares about and might die rather than see injured. I doubt Michael Avenatti gives a rip about anyone but Michael Avenatti.

    But, of course Cohen has nothing in his quiver which might be called ‘honor’ or ‘integrity’.

    1. And yet absurd doesn’t care that our president – otherwise known as “individual 1” in Cohen’s indictment – fits exactly his description of Cohen’s ethics, or lack thereof.

      This is the guy who like to lecture on the character faults of democrats.

      1. No, he doesn’t. That’s your fantasy.

        And, like most liberals, you have fantasies about yourself.

    2. I buy that Absurd which you have hypothesized before I see it that way too, But I dislike Cohen nonetheless.

      What you describe there is a real decision making model that a lot of powerful people seem to adhere to who seem very willing to say false and inconsistent things.

  8. Liars like Cohen have ruined the public perspective of the legal profession. Another thing are all the ads on TV for law firms.

  9. Lying to Tom Arnold is not a crime. And lying to Elijah Cummings is only a crime if you don’t tell him what he wants to hear.

  10. “The two men spoke on the day that Mr. Avenatti was arrested in New York and charged in federal court with trying to extort Nike Inc. and, separately, with bank fraud in California. Mr. Avenatti, who has since been charged with embezzling from clients, has denied any wrongdoing and said he has been targeted for his opposition to Mr. Trump. While representing Ms. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Avenatti was sharply critical of Mr. Cohen.” WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/michael-cohen-in-recorded-phone-call-walks-back-parts-of-guilty-plea-11556121974

    Still waiting for JT to provide analysis of his prized pupil Avenatti.

    Any
    day
    now

  11. Even more ridiculous when you consider the Dems would have to traipse him out as Exhibit A in any impeachment proceeding:

    “Tell me Mr. Cohen, were you lying when you said Trump was innocent, then guilty, then innocent and then guilty or are you lying now and please don’t give us that line about being in the Olive Oil business with Trump’s father?”

  12. He made those statements under oath! He made them to get a deal and he got a really good one! The prosecutors should not go after him to get his sentence increased. A professional liar and a cheat. I assume he has been disbarred.

  13. What a pig. He is scared s**tless about doing prison time. As well as he should be. If ur gonna do the crime, you gonna do the time! Words that are true, even in this day. I hope he rots there. He certainly will become a ‘favorite’ of those who felt screwed over by their attorney. HA ha.

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