Yesterday, Michael Cohen, the ex-lawyer and fixer for the ex-president told Insider that Señor Trumpanzee is bluffing about launching another presidential run. "His insatiable need for attention is one reason he continues to flaunt this disingenuous 2024 run. The other is he's making more money doing that than anything he has ever done before."
Despite claiming the 2020 election was rigged and promising to help more Republicans get elected, Trump hasn't spent any of the money on audits or GOP-led campaigns, according to Politico. He's largely used it to promote his own interests, cover event and travel expenses, and pay the salaries of his aides and advisors, the report said. He's also used some of the funds to cover legal expenses in his baseless effort to overturn the 2020 election results.
Cohen on Wednesday described Trump as "the greatest grifter in the history of American politics," adding that Trump would ultimately come up with a "handful of reasons why he won't run again and blame others for his decision."
"He'll say he's not going to run again because of bipartisan hatred for him or because of the Democrats or because he doesn't want to put his family through any more," Cohen said. "He cannot stomach the notion of being a two-time loser, but he will continue to grift until the very last second."
...The former president is "trying to retain some semblance of power, importance, and relevance, none of which he has," said Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to an array of felonies in 2018.
At the same time, Washington Post writers Tom Hamburger and Jacqueline Alemany wrote that the Biden administration "is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite the former president’s objections-- a decision that could have significant political and legal ramifications."
Needless to say, Trump will fight like a mad animal to prevent that inorder to keep his seditious role in the attempted coup out of the hands of the special committee investigating what happened on 1/6. According to a column by Bess Levin for Vanity Fair couple of days ago, Trump is panicked about spending his twilight years behind bars. She cited NBC News, which reported that "Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit Tuesday against his estranged niece, Mary Trump, and the New York Times, claiming they conspired to obtain his tax returns for the paper’s Pulitzer-winning story on his undisclosed finances. 'The defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records which they exploited for their own benefit and utilized as a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works,' the lawsuit claims."
Susanne Craig, David Barstow and Russell Buettner received a Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for explanatory reporting for their series of stories, which provided the public with an unprecedented look at Trump’s finances.
Mary Trump has said she released Trump's tax returns to the Times in her best-selling 2020 book about her uncle, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man, and in media interviews, which the lawsuit notes. In the book, the daughter of Trump's brother Fred Jr. paints an "authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him."
In a statement, Mary Trump called her uncle desperate.
“I think he is a loser, and he is going to throw anything against the wall he can. It’s desperation. The walls are closing in and he is throwing anything against the wall that he thinks will stick," she said. "As is always the case with Donald, he’ll try and change the subject.”
...The suit claims Mary Trump violated a confidentiality agreement that barred her from publicly releasing details of the family’s finances under the terms of the settlement of Fred Trump Sr.'s estate.
The suit claims Trump's niece and the reporters were “motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial windfall” and to “advance their political agenda.”
Levin added that "One key detail that the suit doesn’t mention is that last November, the offices of the New York attorney general and Manhattan district attorney expanded their probes into Trump and his businesses to include suspicious tax write-offs on millions of dollars in consulting fees, some of which, according to a 2020 Times story, appeared to have been paid to Ivanka Trump. That story showed that the 'very rich' real estate developer had managed to reduce his taxable income by deducting approximately $26 million in fees to 'consultants' as business expenses between 2010 and 2018. While the consultants’ identities were not listed on tax records, some of the fees definitely looked like they’d been paid to his favorite child.
Levin explained that "The Times said the paper’s 'coverage of Donald Trump’s taxes helped inform the public through meticulous reporting on a subject of overriding public interest. This lawsuit is an attempt to silence independent news organizations and we plan to vigorously defend against it.' On Twitter, Craig wrote, 'I knocked on Mary Trump’s door. She opened it. I think they call that journalism.' Mary Trump’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a statement: 'This is the latest in a long line of frivolous lawsuits by Donald Trump that target truthful speech and important journalism on issues of public concern. It is doomed to failure like the rest of his baseless efforts to chill freedom of speech and of the press.'"