Here is The Daily Beast reporting on what Cohen said on the Rachel Maddow show last night.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
“You say at the very end of the book that the president and Attorney General William Barr ousted the U.S. Attorney of New York and tried to install, effectively, the president’s golfing buddy as the new U.S. Attorney there because the president, in your view, wanted to arrange for himself to be indicted while he’s still in office because that would give him the opportunity to pardon himself after he lost the election,” she said.
“Well, my theory is that if he loses, there’s still the time between the election and the time that the next president would take office,” Cohen elaborated. “And during that time, my suspicion is that he will resign as president, he will allow Mike Pence to take over, and he will then go ahead and have Mike Pence pardon him.”
“And it’s a very, let’s just say it’s a very Nixon-type of event and it was probably discussed between Roger Stone and President Trump at some point,” he continued. “That this is certainly one way to avoid any potential prison time.”
Maddow, meanwhile, observed that this would be somewhat similar to the “prospective pardon” President Gerald Ford gave Richard Nixon following Nixon’s resignation as president, which prevented Nixon from Watergate-related indictments after he left office.
This is another one of those predictions that once you hear it you immediately know it is what is going to happen.
Cohen also reiterated during this interview that Donald Trump never had any intention of winning the presidency in 2016.
Michael Cohen to @maddow: “Trump never thought he was going to win this election, he actually did not want to win this election … this was a branding deal. That’s all that the presidential campaign started out as, this was a branding opportunity in order to expand worldwide.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 9, 2020
Of course, we have talked about this before, and it is why Trump did not have a transition team in place or any cabinet members chosen.
Trump was simply trying to expand his brand with the world’s biggest infomercial and the dumbest people in this country took him seriously.
And that is how we got where we are today.