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Michael Cohen, the former attorney of ex-President Donald Trump, recently unveiled “a note” that he claims is authored by Trump, suggesting a pattern of repeated attacks on his “political enemies.”
According to Newsweek, Cohen testified on October 24 and 25 as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against Trump, his adult sons, and The Trump Organization. They are accused of misrepresenting assets for financial gain. Trump, the leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has consistently denied any wrongdoing and labeled the trial as politically motivated. Recently, on Monday, Trump took the witness stand in the case and faced questioning regarding his properties’ valuations and his involvement in their appraisals.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki on Monday, Cohen mentioned that he stumbled upon a decade-old note, apparently in Trump’s handwriting, in a drawer. He believed the document highlighted the continuity of Trump’s language tactics throughout the years.
Cohen explained that the document contained the following statement: “Obama reps is (sic) using lightweight New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to target political enemies.”
Trump had frequently criticized Schneiderman due to his office’s civil investigation into Trump University, which ultimately led to a $25 million settlement. Schneiderman also initiated inquiries into the Donald J. Trump Foundation in 2016 and the Eric Trump Foundation in 2017.
According to Cohen, Trump’s language attacks remain consistent and are repeatedly employed in the face of his legal challenges. Cohen noted, “All you have to do is remove Eric Schneiderman’s name from it, put it into Letitia James, or put it into Jack Smith, or put it into anyone. It’s the same language over and over.”
This revelation came after the former president’s initial testimony, during which New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron repeatedly cautioned Trump against making speeches in court and warned his attorney about maintaining control. There was a risk of Trump being removed from the witness stand due to his attacks on the Attorney General’s Office, evasive responses, and digressions.
Trump typically addresses reporters after court proceedings to reiterate his position and characterize his legal issues as a “witch hunt.” He has also used the social media platform Truth Social to target court personnel and those involved in the allegations against him.
Furthermore, a limited gag order was imposed on Trump and other defendants on October 3, the trial’s second day. This order prohibited them from publicly discussing members of Engoron’s staff, stemming from a derogatory post on Trump’s Truth Social account.
Engoron later issued an additional gag order, prohibiting all lawyers involved in the trial from making any public statements, in or out of court, regarding confidential communications with the judge’s staff. This decision followed an ongoing dispute between Trump’s legal team and Engoron, which escalated due to Trump’s criticism of the judge’s principal law clerk since the trial’s inception.