President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is open to campaigning for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections next month and in the 2020 election, a new report says.
Cohen, who at one point professed he would take “a bullet” for Trump, would get involved campaigning for Democrats by stumping for candidates, giving speeches, raising money, and specifically by addressing comments from Trump he believes are falsehoods, a Democrat familiar with the situation told CNN.
However, Cohen hasn’t laid the groundwork by having significant conversations with Democratic leadership about joining the campaign trail or participating in donor events. Additionally, Cohen can only travel to parts of New York City, Washington, Florida, and Illinois before he is sentenced later this year.
Even so, Cohen tweeted on Sunday that the 2018 midterm elections “might be the most important vote in our lifetime.” Additionally, Cohen modified his party affiliation so that he is no longer a registered Republican, but rather a registered Democrat.
His lawyer, Lanny Davis, said the move was a way of “distancing himself from the values of the current Admin.”
Additionally, Davis said in a tweet Sunday that “No one knows better than @michaelcohen212 why the midterm stakes are so important to #America’s future as he is the holder of truth about @realdonaldtrump #MichaelCohenTruthFund.”
The relationship between Cohen and Trump has declined in the past several months, and Trump tweeted over the summer that if anyone was looking for a qualified lawyer, "I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!"
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts in August: five counts of tax evasion from 2012 to 2016, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution, one count of willful cause of unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of excessive campaign contribution on Oct. 27, 2016.
The campaign finance violations pertained to payments Cohen made to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. They were paid per the direction of the “candidate” in exchange for their silence.
Trump has denied the affairs with both women. Cohen’s sentencing date is scheduled for Dec. 12.