Donald Trumpâ€™s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen on Sunday blasted the former presidentâ€™s baseless claim that the election was somehow rigged against him as the â€œgreatest grift in U.S. history.â€
Cohen insisted in an interview with Chuck Todd on NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Pressâ€ that Trump continues to cry fraud to raise money to line his pockets.
Trump â€œhas made it very clear that he is grifting off of the American people, these supporters, these individuals that are just sending money to him at record levels,â€ Cohen said, referring to Trumpâ€™s â€œBig Lieâ€ lie.
â€œThis should become a documentary, and it should be called â€˜The Greatest Grift in U.S. history,â€™â€ he mocked.
Because portraying himself as a victim is so lucrative for Trump, Cohen doesnâ€™t believe he will run for re-election. If he loses again, the money-making complaint will lose its grifting power, Cohen believes.
â€œIf he loses, which he will, in 2024, what happens to the Big Lie? The Big Lie disappears,â€ Cohen said.
â€œHe canâ€™t now be like the boy who cried wolf: â€˜Oh, they stole it from me in 2020 â€” they now stole it from me in 2024,â€™â€ he said. â€œNow that goes out the door, and there goes his money. There goes the big grift.â€
But Trump will pretend to toy with the idea of running right to the â€œvery last second,â€ Cohen predicted.
â€œHe makes a statement that, â€˜Iâ€™m thinking about it. Iâ€™m thinking about it.â€™ Thatâ€™s only to keep the grift growing,â€ Cohen claimed. â€œItâ€™s really amazing that people donâ€™t see exactly what the guy is doing.â€
Trump is already beginning to act like a candidate, but he has said he canâ€™t reveal his plans yet because of â€œridiculousâ€ campaign finance laws. The laws would require an accounting of incoming contributions and expenditures.
Cohen, who said he is continuing to cooperate with investigators, is convinced prosecutors could â€œindict Trump tomorrowâ€ if they wanted to â€” â€œand be successful.â€
He believes prosecutors will go after Trump â€” and his children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr.
Todd asked Cohen if he was complicit in any of the crimes he believes were committed.
â€œI can assure you that Donald Trump is guilty of his own crimes,â€ he responded. â€œWas I involved in much of the inflation and deflation of his assets? The answer to that is yes.â€
Cohen last week ended a three-year sentence â€” much of it spent in home confinement due to the pandemic â€” for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress, among other crimes.
Check out Cohenâ€™s full interview in the video up top. He talks about Trumpâ€™s â€œBig Lieâ€ grift beginning at 6:37.