Michael Cohen, the fired attorney from former President Donald Trump who has become an outspoken critic of his former boss, thanked New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday after she admitted her role in exposing misconduct that is now the subject of a $250 million lawsuit. Against the Trump Organization.
Mrs. James’s office is suing Mr. Trump, his three eldest sons and a group of companies of the same name that make up his business empire for a quarter of a billion dollars and asking a judge to bar Trump from serving as employees of the Empire State Corporation.
At a news conference announcing the lawsuit, she said the Trump Organization and its representatives made more than 200 false and misleading assessments of its assets over a 10-year period from 2011 to 2021.
Multiple “financial position statements” prepared by his former accounting firm – at his direction – were described as “objectively false, thus fraudulent and illegal”.
The New York attorney general launched an investigation after Mr Cohen, who became widely known as a pugnacious defender of Mr Trump but turned against him after he was charged with his role in a scheme to conceal a payment by the former president to conceal an affair. With adult film star Stormy Daniels, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told that Mr. Trump submitted inflated asset ratings for his insurance company during a hearing before the House Oversight Committee.
James pointed to Cohen’s role in canceling the three-year investigation.
“I will remind everyone that this investigation did not begin until after Michael Cohen, a former attorney, his former attorney testified before Congress to shed light on this misconduct,” she said.
In response, Mr. Cohen took to Twitter, writing: “I want to personally thank @TishJames for acknowledging my involvement and helping me bring accountability to Mandarin Mussolini.”
He said his “journey to the truth” over the past few years had been “full of sadness, pain and anger”, but noted that Ms James’ announcement “makes her [all] Deserves all the effort”.