Michael Cohen, former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, warned on Saturday that Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection, including “manipulating ballots,” and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in office.
“So Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen said during an interview on NBC News.
“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen told host Lester Holt. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”
Cohen is not the only one who has expressed concern about how Trump might handle a potential loss to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Biden said in June that he was “absolutely convinced” the military will have to escort Trump from the White House if the incumbent lost.
Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton also said last month that she believes Trump will not “go silently into the night” if Biden wins.
The White House has labeled Cohen’s book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.
Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described “fixer” for several years.
His tell-all memoir, entitled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book.
In 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and testified before Congress that Trump ordered him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with the president.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) September 4, 2020