‘Yes and no’: Michael Cohen squirms when asked if he knew he committed ‘financial fraud’ for Trump

Michael Cohen, the disgraced former attorney for Donald Trump, walked himself into a potentially self-incriminating position on Saturday and attempted to squirm his way out of it, after MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian asked him outright if he knew he was “breaking the law” for Trump, who has been accused in yet another new lawsuit of fraudulently inflating the value of his assets for financial gain.

(Video: MSNBC)

As BizPac Review reported, New York Attorney General Letitia James, a rabid Trump-hater, filed a $250 million civil lawsuit against the former President, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Trump’s associates and businesses over what James alleges are “numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation.”

According to James, Trump and his kids “inflated [Trump’s] net worth by billions of dollars.”

“Mr. Trump and the Trump Org repeatedly and persistently manipulated the value of assets to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been available to the company to pay lower taxes, to satisfy continuing loan agreements, and to induce insurance companies to provide insurance coverage for higher limits and at lower premiums,” James announced at a Wednesday news conference.

“Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself, and cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us,” she asserted.

“The overinflation of assets was astounding to me, Michael,” Vossoughian stated.

“This is an egregious inflation of assets,” she stated. “Was there ever a moment in which you said, ‘Donald, what are we doing here? We are breaking the law.’ How did you continue to do this and support this, really?”

In response, Cohen, who has already pled guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations during his tenure with Trump, basically took the “I was only following orders” path of least resistance.

“Donald Trump had tasked me the job of getting to backing the number to how much he wanted to be worth,” he stated. “The goal originally was for Forbes. He just wanted to be perceived as richer. There is a whole second section to this, when it came to insurance, bank loans, and so on.”

“Why I went ahead and I did it?” he asked. “Because my boss tasked me to do it.”

Vossoughian wasn’t content to let Cohen off the hook that easily.

“You were breaking the law,” she stated. “You knew it, right? You knew it.”

At first, he tried to shift the blame, claiming, “I’m not the one who’s providing the documents,” before admitting, “I knew it was wrong. I knew the numbers were wrong.”

“You knew it was financial fraud,” she pressed.

And it was then that Cohen seemed to realize he’d just set himself up for the potential of more legal woes.

After huffing and hesitating, Cohen finally answered, “Yes and no.”

Vossoughian pressed harder, asking him about an apartment in Trump Tower that the former President allegedly claimed was much larger than it actually is.

“You knew it wasn’t a 30,000-square-foot apartment,” she accused Cohen.

And that’s when Cohen saw an out from the sticky mess he’d made of the interview, and he grabbed it.

“By the way, I never knew that one,” he claimed. “I had only been to the bottom, believe it or not, in my decade-long time there. I had never been past the first floor. Never went up to the second or the third floor. So, I had no idea how it was. Nor was I involved in coming up with that evaluation.”

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