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Michael Cohen says calls for protest of Manhattan DA are ‘eerily similar’ to January 6 ‘battle cry’


Donald Trump‘s former attorney said he thinks the the ex-president is hoping to cause ‘violent clash’ akin to the January 6 insurrection with recent social media posts about his impending arrest.

Michael Cohen said Trump’s posts this week were ‘eerily similar’ to the ‘battle cry’ he delivered during a speech in 2021, which many believe was a veiled order for protesters to raid the US Capitol building and disrupt election proceedings.

On Saturday morning Trump wrote on Truth Social that he’d been leaked information from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office suggesting he would be arrested Tuesday as a part of its investigation into hush-money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels while he was running for president in 2016.

In the post, Trump called on his supports to ‘protest, take our nation back!’ a statement which Cohen told MSNBC was noteworthy for the former president’s decision no to include the word ‘peaceful.’

Trump’s post has already sparked furor from his supporters, with some planning to join together to create a ‘MAGA moat’ surrounding his Mar-a-Lago compound, and others calling on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to refuse extradition to New York authorities.

Cohen added it was likely Trump was hoping an arrest might rally his supporters and become a boost for his 2024 presidential campaign. 

Michael Cohen said Donald Trump was likely trying to use the possibility of an arrest as a rallying point for his supporters and a boost for his campaign

On Saturday evening, Trump appeared at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he flashed a defiant fist to the crowd and received a standing ovation

On Saturday evening, Trump appeared at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he flashed a defiant fist to the crowd and received a standing ovation

Cohen, who admitted to organizing the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels and plead guilty to violating campaign finance laws in 2018, spoke with MSNBC on Saturday after Trump released his post.

‘It’s eerily similar to the battle cry that he put out just prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection, you know, especially including the call, you know, for protest,’ he said. 

‘And I agree, it would have been smart for Donald to write ‘peaceful protest,’ but he doesn’t want a peaceful protest.’

Writing in all capital letter on Saturday, Trump claimed to have received information about his imminent arrest via leaks within the Manhattan DA’s office.  

‘NOW ILLEGAL LEAKS FROM A CORRUPT & HIGHLY POLITICAL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE, WHICH HAS ALLOWED NEW RECORDS TO BE SET IN VIOLENT CRIME & WHOSE LEADER IS FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS, INDICATE THAT, WITH NO CRIME BEING ABLE TO BE PROVEN, & BASED ON AN OLD & FULLY DEBUNKED (BY NUMEROUS OTHER PROSECUTORS!) FAIRYTALE, THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!’ he wrote.   

Cohen said it was doubtful there had been any leaks at all, but that Trump was most likely informed by the DA of their plans as a matter of standard procedure.

‘Knowing Donald the way that I do, I don’t see a reason that Donald would have put out the statement unless he has, or his team, has been contacted by the district attorney’s office and advised accordingly,’ he said.

‘This is exactly him reacting to information that he has and not leaks, as he would like to say, by the district attorney’s office,’ he said. ‘There is no leaks coming out of the DA’s office, that I can tell you for sure. This is all coming out of Trump camp.’

Donald Trump's former attorney said he thinks the the ex-president is hoping to cause 'violent clash' akin to the January 6 insurrection with recent social media posts about his impending arrest

Donald Trump’s former attorney said he thinks the the ex-president is hoping to cause ‘violent clash’ akin to the January 6 insurrection with recent social media posts about his impending arrest

Cohen also said it was likely Trump and his campaign team were trying to use an arrest as a rallying-point for his supporters.

‘These fools that are representing him, this clown show of lawyers, what they believe is that this will propel him into the White House by having another violent insurrection,’ he said.

‘But more importantly for Donald, it’s all about the great grift. He will look to profit from this action by soliciting contributions in order to protect him, your favorite president from the racist Alvin Bragg and all of the, you know, left wingers.’

On Saturday evening, Trump appeared at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he flashed a defiant fist to the crowd and received a standing ovation.

Manhattan District Attorney Bragg released a memo saying his office would not tolerate intimidation tactics, and also reassuring his office staff of their safety and claiming that law enforcement are on alert investigating any threats. 

He did not use Trump’s name, but mentioned that the threats were related to an ‘ongoing investigation by this office.’

‘Please know that your safety is our top priority,’ Bragg said in the memo first reported by Politico.

‘We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York,’ he added.



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