Cohen's father said he didn’t survive Holocaust to have his name 'sullied' by Trump: report
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The decision of President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty to multiple fraud charges and campaign finance law violations reportedly came after a conversation he had with his father earlier this year, who said he did not survive the Holocaust to have his name "sullied" by Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that a person familiar with the conversation said the exchange prompted Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for the president, to break with Trump.


Maurice Cohen, a Polish Holocaust survivor, reportedly urged his son not to protect Trump and said that he did not survive the Holocaust to have his name “sullied” by the president, a person familiar with the conversation told the Journal.

Trump first said Michael Cohen was no longer his lawyer on June 15, telling reporters he hadn't spoken to Cohen "in a long time." 

On June 20, Michael Cohen resigned as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeting his first public criticism of Trump, which referenced his father, the Journal notes.

“As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy [are] heart wrenching,” Michael Cohen said in a since-deleted tweet, according to the Journal.

The report comes one day after Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law in the months leading up to the 2016 election by making payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in efforts to silence the two women's allegations of previous affairs with Trump.

Michael Cohen said he did so at the direction of “a candidate for federal office.” He did not mention Trump by name.

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts total, including five counts of tax evasion and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution.