President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, previously aspired to run for New York City mayor or a statewide office, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Two former aides to the Trump campaign told the newspaper that Cohen raised the prospect of a mayoral run several years ago, reasoning that he could win if Trump was governor of New York. Cohen reportedly joined strategists in 2013 planning for a possible Trump gubernatorial campaign.

While Trump ultimately decided against running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo told the Post that Cohen would repeatedly bring up the idea of a Trump-Cohen ticket or a mayoral campaign.


"I didn’t want to disabuse him of it, because he was our liaison," Caputo said. "I felt like, ‘Yeah, okay Michael.’"

Sam Nunberg, another former Trump adviser, told the Post that Cohen floated the possibility of running for mayor during a meeting with New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox that was intended to focus on Trump's gubernatorial aspirations.

Cohen, who worked for years as an attorney and fixer for the Trump Organization, has not held political office, though he did serve as the deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee. He unsuccessfully ran for New York City Council as a Republican in 2003, and re-registered as a Democrat last year, his attorney said.

Cohen was sentenced late last year to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress about the timing of negotiations surrounding a Trump Tower development in Moscow.

He said he committed the campaign finance violations at Trump's direction, and said he felt it was "my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

The president has derided Cohen as a "rat" and insisted that his former employee lied to prosecutors to secure a lighter prison sentence.

-Updated 11:41 p.m.