Former President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer and self-described "fixer," Michael Cohen, had a very public falling-out with his old client in late 2018, when Cohen began cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of the Trump campaign.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress, evading taxes, and facilitating hush money to two women who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.
With his prison stint officially over, Cohen has continued to warn the public of Trump's corruption, much of which he witnessed first hand.
Trump remains the Republican favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, but has yet to announce whether or not he actually intends to run.
In recent comments on Meet the Press, Cohen claimed Trump wouldn't be running at all.
Cohen told Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd:
“Yeah, so this should become a documentary, and it should be called the greatest grift in U.S. history. ... So, one of the biggest problems for Donald Trump is that he makes a statement, right, that ‘I’m thinking about [running], I’m thinking about it.’ That’s only to keep the grift growing and to keep the grift going.
If he loses, and he will in 2024, what happens to the big lie? The big lie disappears. He can’t now be like the boy who cried wolf. ‘Oh, they stole it from me in 2020, they now stole it from me in 2024.’ Right? Now that goes out the door, and there goes his money, there goes the big grift. So, like I said before, it’s not going to happen. He’s going to run it — like he did in 2011 — right to the very, very last second.”
In earlier comments on CNN, Cohen also said Trump wouldn't run due to his "fragile ego," which couldn't bear the branding of a "two-time loser."
People were divided on Cohen's assessment.
Many have their own theories on Trump's participation in the 2024 election.
It's likely the former President will wait until after the 2022 midterms to announce—or rule out—his candidacy.