Michael Cohen blasts the previous President

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen arrives in New York City on February 8, 2023 for a meeting with the Manhattan District Attorney.

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Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen told journalists outside a Manhattan courthouse Monday that the ex-president “must be held accountable for his dirty deeds” when Cohen arrived to testify before a grand jury investigating Trump, reported NBC News.

“My goal is to tell the truth,” said Cohen, the key witness in the investigation into the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to conceal an alleged sexual tryst with Trump.

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Cohen was Trump’s attorney for years. He paid Daniels $130,000 on the eve of the 2016 election, and Trump’s company later reimbursed him.

Cohen later pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to multiple felonies, including one related to the Daniels payoff. He has been an outspoken critic of Trump ever since.

Trump declined an offer to testify before the same grand jury, his attorney said Monday.

Such an offer is common just before prosecutors file charges against those who have extended the chance to testify.

Cohen told reporters his goal of providing evidence against Trump was “not revenge.”

“This is all about accountability. He must be held accountable for his dirty deeds,” Cohen said.

Trump has denied having sex with Daniels and condemned the probe into the payout. The investigation is being conducted by the Manhattan Attorney’s Office.

In a post on his social media page over the weekend, Trump said the late former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau would “turn in his grave if told that his office was even considering indicting the 45th… leading Republican contender for the 2024 nomination,” based on what Trump called a “fraud” led by Daniels, Cohens and Daniels’ ex-attorney Michael Avenatti, who is serving a federal sentence for fraud on clients.

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