It’s been widely documented that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has met with Michael Cohen several times in the criminal case against Donald Trump. In fact large chunks of the New York criminal investigation grew out of the testimony and evidence that Cohen provided during his congressional testimony. Now things appear to have turned a corner.
Cohen met again with the Manhattan DA’s office today, for the seventh time, according to Reuters. The fact that prosecutors are meeting with Cohen over and over again tells us two things. First, it means that they find Cohen to be highly credible, or else they wouldn’t keep going back to him. Second, it points to prosecutors repeatedly uncovering new evidence, and then going back to Cohen each time for guidance on how it fits together.
Notably, this is the first known instance of Manhattan prosecutors meeting with Michael Cohen since they acquired Donald Trump’s tax returns from his accounting firm two weeks ago. This also comes after multiple major media outlets recently reported that prosecutors are looking to squeeze Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg into flipping on Donald Trump and his family. So this meeting with Cohen, within the context of all of the above, has to be seen as a major move against Trump.
John Dean, a key witness in the Watergate scandal, tweeted this in response to the news: “From personal experience as a key witness I assure you that you do not visit a prosecutor’s office 7 times if they are not planning to indict those about whom you have knowledge. It is only a matter of how many days until DA Vance indicts Donald & Co.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report