Former Judge Andrew Napolitano referred to recent news reports that the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen had accepted about $500,000 worth of payments to a shell company he created from a firm with ties to a Russian oligarch.
“Why was a Russian billionaire giving a half-a-million dollars to the president’s lawyer at the time the lawyer was paying not only Stormy Daniels but, according to Rudy Giuliani, other women to remain silent about their relationships to the president?” Napolitano asked, adding that an indictment could be imminent.
“The president’s lawyer getting indicted can’t be good for the president,” he said.
Napolitano then directed his remarks at Trump: “When the government is attacking your lawyer, it’s attacking you. Mr. President, please be wary of all of this.”
In the past day, more reports have surfaced that major companies, including AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis, gave Cohen’s shell company large sums of money for reasons ranging from “insights” into the new administration to “healthcare policy matters.”
Cohen made the infamous $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from the same shell company. That payment was in exchange for Daniels’ silence regarding an affair she alleges she had with Trump years earlier. The president’s newest personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has suggested the payment was made, at least in part, to protect Trump’s presidential campaign.