NY V Trump: Michael Cohen Admits To Theft From Trump Business

 May 20, 2024

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen faced tough scrutiny this week, admitting to financial misconduct.

Michael Cohen, once a confidante of Donald Trump, confessed to stealing funds from the Trump Organization by inflating third-party payments.

Cohen's testimony was a pivotal moment in the ongoing NY v. Trump case, a criminal trial probing into alleged secret payments intended to silence reports of Trump’s past personal affairs. Todd Blanche, Trump's attorney, extracted confessions from Cohen during the proceedings.

Cohen’s actions included significant discrepancies in reimbursements. According to Fox News, he admitted to manipulating a $420,000 repayment arrangement linked to a $130,000 settlement paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

This payment, made right before the 2016 presidential election, was aimed at preventing potential electoral fallout for Trump. Cohen testified that he did not return the inflated amounts to the Trump Organization despite claiming expenses on various occasions.

Financial Dishonesty Highlighted in Court

Michael Cohen also disclosed details about a deceptive $50,000 claim for services rendered by a tech firm, Red Finch. Rather than the actual $20,000 cost, Cohen pocketed the difference without anyone’s knowledge. He shared this with Allen Weisselberg, a former colleague, under pretenses, keeping $30,000 for himself.

Here is how Cohen explained his conduct:

To have my bonus cut by two-thirds was very upsetting, to say the least. I was angry because of the reduction in the bonus and I just felt like it was almost like self-help.

The Broader Implications of Cohen's Testimony

These revelations were not isolated incidents but part of broader financial malpractices Cohen engaged in over the years, often involving rather clandestine payment methods. Cohen revealed withdrawing cash, putting it into a brown paper bag, and personally delivering it to Red Finch representatives.

The context of these malfunctions emerged over several days of testimonials. From May 14-16, Cohen testified in a Manhattan state court. By May 21 & 22, he had provided a comprehensive account of his methods and motive—driven partly by resentment over his reduced bonus from the Trump Organization.

The trial will wrap up soon and will pause for Memorial Day, with closing arguments slated for May 29, 2024. Former aides and legal figures have frequently described Cohen as untrustworthy during their testimonies, painting a complex picture of the allegations against Trump.

Judging the Credibility of a Thwarted Lawyer

Doubts about Cohen's reliability were also echoed outside the courtroom. On May 16, Lawyer Robert Costello testified before Congress, vehemently labeling Michael Cohen a 'serial liar.' This depiction of Cohen as deceitful has been a running theme, reiterated by several of Trump’s advisers and legal representatives.

The ongoing trial and its implications reach deep into the tenets of ethical practice and loyalty among legal representatives. As the case unfolds, the revelations reveal the complicated relationships and dubious financial dealings that often operate in the shadows of powerful figures and organizations.

In sum, Michael Cohen’s admissions paint a stark picture of deception and betrayal amidst the gilded halls of power. From brazen theft to hidden financial manipulations, his testimony offers a window into a saga of moral and legal discrepancies gravely affecting one of America’s most controversial figures.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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