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Michael Cohen predicts fifth set of felony charges for Donald Trump

On the latest episode of his Mea Culpa podcast, Michael Cohen said former President Donald Trump could soon face a fifth set of felony charges.

Cohen, Trump’s former “fixer,” opened the podcast by citing the recent report by The Detroit News, which released excerpts of a November 17, 2020, call by Trump and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel pressuring two canvassers in Michigan into not certifying the 2020 election results.

About the call, Cohen said: “It’s not a surprise, but it’s a win, and I’ll take it. Once again, Donald Trump has been caught red-handed committing election fraud.”

During the conversation, Trump told the canvassers they would look “terrible” if they certified Michigan as a win for Joe Biden. The then-president added: “We’ve got to fight for our country. We can’t let these people take our country away from us.”

Michael Cohen at hearing
Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen arrives at the district attorney’s office to complete his testimony before a grand jury on March 15, 2023, in New York. On the latest episode of his Mea Culpa podcast, Cohen said former President Donald Trump could soon face a fifth set of felony charges.

McDaniel told the canvassers not to sign Wayne County’s official statement of votes that day, commenting: “If you can go home tonight, do not sign it….We will get you attorneys.”

Biden won Michigan, a key swing state, by about 150,000 votes.

“To this very day, they’re still pushing the ‘Big Lie.’ Nonetheless, Trump might be looking at a fifth set of felony charges,” Cohen said on his podcast.

He added that McDaniel could potentially face a bribery charge for her phone calls.

Newsweek reached out to Cohen via email for comment.

Trump faces four criminal indictments, including two that stem from alleged 2020 election interference. The federal indictment and the indictment in Georgia reference actions in Michigan and other states.

Cohen isn’t alone in his prediction about future charges in Michigan. One attorney recently said the Michigan calls presented “perfect evidence” against the former president.

The claim was made by attorney Joe Gallina, an activist with the pro-Democratic campaign group Call to Activism, who said the recordings showed “the great lengths Donald Trump went to try to overturn the election.

“Now here’s why this is so significant because there is nothing, and as an attorney, I’m telling you, there is nothing more persuasive than a defendant himself being recorded committing a crime. There is nothing more persuasive in the eyes of the law.”

In a recent statement to Newsweek, a Trump campaign spokesperson said: “All of President Trump’s actions were taken in furtherance of his duty as President of the United States to faithfully take care of the laws and ensure election integrity, including investigating the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election.

“President Trump and the American people have the Constitutional right to free and fair elections. Crooked Joe Biden and the Democrats are spinning their wheels in the face of devastating polling numbers and desperately leaking misleading information to interfere in the election.”

In July, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced felony charges against 16 Republicans “for their role in the alleged false electors’ scheme,” accusing them of submitting false certificates that portrayed them as legitimate electors in the 2020 election.

The first major hearings against six of the 16 were held on December 14. According to USA Today, the hearings are expected to continue into January.