Longtime former Trump fixer Michael Cohen told Reuters he met with investigators at the Manhattan district attorney’s office for the seventh time on Wednesday.
Cohen, who previously testified to Congress that former President Donald Trump inflated his assets to get loans and deflated them in tax documents, was interviewed for the seventh time amid a wide-ranging criminal investigation into Trump’s finances and business practices.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance recently won a Supreme Court decision that allowed him to obtain years of Trump’s tax returns, which Cohen called the “holy grail.”
Cohen, who is on house arrest after pleading guilty to numerous federal charges, did not say what he told the investigators.
Vance launched the investigation in 2018 to look into hush-money payments Trump allegedly made to porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal. But the probe has since expanded to include numerous potential tax and fraud violations.
Vance said in a court filing last year that he is investigating “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct” by the Trump Organization.
In September, he said “mountainous” allegations could justify a grand jury investigation into potential tax, bank, and insurance fraud.
Ex-Nixon lawyer predicts indictment:
Former White House counsel John Dean, who helped bring down former President Richard Nixon with his testimony in the Watergate trial, predicted that the number of times Cohen met with investigators signals that an indictment could be coming sooner than later.
“From personal experience as a key witness I assure you that you do not visit a prosecutor’s office 7 times if they are not planning to indict those about whom you have knowledge,” he tweeted. “It is only a matter of how many days until DA Vance indicts Donald & Co.”