Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, said Friday he believes he will be called before a New York grand jury “very soon” to gather evidence in a criminal investigation into the former president.
Cohen’s comments came as he was on his way to meet for the 18th time with the Manhattan Attorney’s Office conducting the investigation related to hush money payments to two women who said they had had sexual relations with Trump.
A former top Trump aide, Kellyanne Conway, met with the prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
“I look forward to speaking and being presented before the grand jury,” Cohen told NBC News and other reporters.
“I have a lot to do today, but I suspect it will be very soon,” added Cohen.
Cohen arranged payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to silence them ahead of the 2016 presidential election over alleged ties to Trump, whose campaign was being led by Conway at the time.
In Daniels’ case, Cohen paid her $130,000, but in McDougal’s case, the then-parent company of supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer paid her $150,000.
Cohen wrote in his 2020 memoir, after paying Daniels, “I called Trump to confirm the transaction was complete and all paperwork was in place, but he didn’t pick up my call — obviously a very bad one in hindsight.” Sign. “
But Conway “called and said she would share the good news,” Cohen wrote.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to the payoffs to the two women and other illegal acts.
Trump has denied having sex with either woman or any other wrongdoing.
The Times reported this week that former Enquirer editor David Pecker and former Enquirer editor Dylan Howard have both testified before the grand jury, as have two employees of Trump’s company, the Trump Organization. Keith Davidson, a former lawyer for Daniels, told the newspaper.
Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis on Friday paid a compliment to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and “his team of prosecutors.”
“We were very impressed with how meticulous and detailed documents and text messages and lots of evidence were built around this narrative of Stormy Daniels and the hush money,” Davis said, according to NBC News.
When asked by a reporter if he was confident Bragg would press charges in the case, Davis said, “I’m not going to use the charge word, I’ll wait and see.”
“But there’s no doubt how they’re going about it,” Davis said. “Michael is key to all of this … and he will be the key witness, and Mr. Trump will finally be held accountable before a jury of peers,” Davis said. “Then we’ll see if he’s guilty or innocent.”
A Trump attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition to the Manhattan Attorney’s Office investigation, Trump faces three other criminal investigations.
In Atlanta, the local district attorney is investigating Trump, his campaign attorneys and others in connection with his efforts to reverse his loss to that state’s President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
And in Washington, DC, Special Counsel Jack Smith is overseeing a Justice Department investigation into Trump’s attempt to reverse Biden’s Electoral College victory and his actions leading up to and including the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising by his supporters, which was interrupted at a joint session of Congress, which confirmed that Biden had won.
Smith is also investigating whether Trump obstructed justice and otherwise broke the law when, after leaving office, he took hundreds of government documents, many classified as classified, and stored them at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach , Florida.
Trump denies wrongdoing in all of these cases.