Michael D. Cohen

Former Sr. Vice President
Trump Organization

Michael Cohen was a senior vice president of the Trump Organization and the personal lawyer of Donald Trump until 2018 when he pled guilty to to eight counts including tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations related to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen later testified before congressional hearings about alleged illegal activities of the Trump campaign and the Trump Organization, and met multiple times with the Manhattan District Attorney in separate investigations connected to Trump.

Cohen joined the real estate mogul's empire in 2006 after serving for years as a private attorney and later a partner at law firm Phillips Nizer. He has defended Trump in various legal matters, including the New York attorney general's investigation into Trump University in 2013. As Donald Trump's personal counsel, Cohen was known by many as "Trump's pit bull," for his aggressive tactics with journalists or critics.

Cohen had also been one of Trump's right-hand men in politics. When Trump decided to run for president in 2012, Cohen was the one tasked with testing the waters for the bid, and was accused of bending (if not breaking) campaign finance laws by using Trump Organization offices before Trump set up an official exploratory committee. Cohen is no stranger to politics. In 2003 he made a failed bid for New York City Council on the GOP ticket, after which he switched back to being a Democrat. In 2010 he ran again (unsuccessfully) for office, this time for New York State Senate.

Cohen, who graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, also served as co-president of Trump Entertainment and was a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation, a children's health charity that has been accused of funneling millions of dollars to the Trump Organization through inflated fees for use of its golf courses.

In 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine. He later published a tell-all book about Donald Trump titled Disloyal: A Memoir.

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