Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, returned to the Democratic Party on Thursday. Cohen was serving as the Republican Party’s deputy finance chairman till May.
Lanny Davis, Cohen’s defense attorney, announced on Twitter that Cohen changed his registration from Republican to Democrat in an effort to distance “himself from the values of the current” administration. Davis’ post was retweeted by Cohen.
The move fits a pattern of Michael Cohen publicly breaking from the man for whom he once said he’d take “a bullet.” Cohen has been indicating his break with Trump from quite a few months now, after Trump did nothing to defend him from the charges of campaign finance violations, when Cohen paid hush-money to keep two women quiet who claimed they had extramarital affairs with Trump.
Cohen’s switch came on the eve of Friday’s deadline to register to vote in the midterm election.
This isn’t the first time that Cohen has changed his party registration. He was a registered Democrat until he changed his registration in March 2017.“It took a great man to get me to the make the switch,” Cohen said at the time on Twitter, referring to Trump.
He had resigned from his post as the Republican Party’s deputy finance chairman this year amid a criminal investigation into his business dealings.
In April, FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room and seized 3.7 million documents.
In his guilty plea in August eight federal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations, Cohen said that Donald Trump had directed him to make payments before the 2016 election to keep porn actress Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model quiet. The president denied any knowledge of the payments that were made at that time. His involvement could draw him personally into legal jeopardy, according to the legal analysts. Davis in a tweet at the time said: “If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”
Davis described Cohen’s latest step as a promise by Cohen to place “family and country first,” a pledge he made over the summer to show his willingness to cooperate during the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Cohen’s sentence is scheduled to be on Dec. 12.