Politics Michael Cohen says Trump's downfall will resemble Al Capone's: 'You're not going to get them on murder, extortion, or racketeering. You're gonna get them on tax evasion.'
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- Michael Cohen said he thinks Trump will get indicted on tax charges.
- Speaking to MSNBC, Cohen predicted Trump would face the "Al Capone effect."
- Capone, a notorious gangster, was indicted in 1931 on tax evasion charges.
Michael Cohen predicted on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump will, like the mobster Al Capone, get taken down by tax fraud charges.
Speaking onCohen — who was Trump's lawyer and personal fixer — weighed in on a sprawling probe into the Trump Organization sparked by New York Attorney General Leticia James.
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"Like the Al Capone effect, you're not going to get him on murder, extortion, racketeering. You get them on tax evasion," Cohen said.
"And much of this, especially the easier, the low-hanging fruit, so to speak — that was available a long time ago," he added, referring to potential evidence of fraudulent acts committed by the former president's business.
Capone, a notorious Chicago gang boss, was not indicted forbut instead on .
During his MSNBC appearance, Cohen commented on Trump's legal troubles and predicted that the former president would use a "playbook" — which Cohen helped create — in response to them.
"I believe that there'll be a criminal prosecution by the IRS. I believe there'll be potentially a criminal prosecution by SDNY, especially now that it's not Trump controlled," Cohen said, referring to the courts in the Southern District of New York.
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"And I also believe that there will be other criminal investigations that will be forthcoming, but remember what Donald does, and again, this is all part of the playbook that I am responsible for helping to create," he added. "This playbook is delay, delay delay."
Cohen added that he thought the Trump Organization probe looked like an "open and shut case" of fraud, classifying Trump's denials as the "nonsensical rantings of a lunatic mind."
A representative at Trump's post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
Last week, Cohen was given a shoutout by James when she announced her office'sagainst Trump, his business, and his adult children.
James has accused the former president of falsely inflating his net worth by billions of dollars. She also seeks to bar the Trumps from conducting business in New York.
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During his deposition in New York last month, Trump— only answering a question about his name.
Meanwhile, Capone, a famed Chicago gang boss, was not indicted for— but was instead on .
In 2018, Cohento felonies, including tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and bank fraud. He was that year to three years in prison and was disbarred in February 2019 by the .
Since his release, Cohen has become an outspoken Trump critic. He hason the former president's many legal troubles, including the FBI's raid of Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.
This week, Cohen announced that he would be selling t-shirts that depicted Trump behind bars
Trump constantly talks about Ron DeSantis to his aides as the Florida governor is poised to be his most formidable opponent in the 2024 election, NYT's Maggie Haberman tells CNN. .
The New York Times' Maggie Haberman discussed Donald Trump's mindset during a CNN interview about her new book on the former president."There is no potential candidate in the Republican field who Trump has talked about more to his aides than Ron DeSantis," Haberman told CNN in an interview on Tuesday about her new book, "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America." "It is a constant running discussion.