Trump's Legal Adviser Told Him to Expect Michael Cohen to Flip 'If Faced with Criminal Charges'

A “longtime legal adviser” for Donald Trump has warned the president his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will flip on the president “if faced with criminal charges,” the Wall Street Journal reports.


According to the Journal report, Trump sought out legal advice from Jay Goldberg, who in turn informed the president that on a stale of 1 to 100, where 100 is fully loyal to the president, Cohen “isn’t even a 1.”

Goldberg told the Journal he explained to Trump, “Michael will never stand up [for you]” if faced with charges. Investigators are currently probing whether Cohen committed bank fraud when he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his home equity line of credit in exchange for her silence on an alleged affair with Trump.

Goldberg also warned the president Cohen may wear a wire to record conversations with Trump and people close to him.

“You have to be alert,” Goldberg said he told Trump. “I don’t care what Michael says.”

The longtime legal adviser also warned Trump not to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Talking is a certain trap,” Goldberg says he told the president. “Don’t ever do it.”

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