Cohen: 'I guarantee that it's not going to go well for whoever' set up Woodward interview

President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE’s former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels blast FEC for dropping Trump probe FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE predicted “it’s not going to go well” for the person who set up an interview with the president and journalist Bob Woodward.

“I guarantee that it’s not going to go well for whoever it was,” Cohen told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonCNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast Officer who responded to Capitol mob urges leaders to recognize 'courage' of law enforcement CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime MORE Wednesday night, saying he had “heard through the grapevine” Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerNew Kushner group aims to promote relations between Arab states, Israel Republicans request documents on Kerry's security clearance process Iran moves closer to a diplomatic breakthrough that may upset Israel MORE was involved.

Cohen suggested to Lemon that Trump was overconfident in his interviews, adding, “Donald Trump is the smartest guy at any table he sits at, just ask him.”


Cohen also repeated his allegations that he had heard the president make repeated racist remarks in private, saying “Everyone is telling you the man is a racist… I just don’t get it.”

Lemon, however, pressed Cohen on continuing to work for the president despite those allegations. Cohen insisted he had tried to keep the president in check on racial issues by helping to create a “national diversity coalition,” adding “My hope was that he would actually rise to the level of being the president of all people.”

Cohen, who was convicted of campaign finance fraud in 2018, made the remarks the same day as audio recordings of Woodward’s interviews with the president were published by news outlets.

In an interview in March, the president told Woodward he was deliberately playing down the threat of the coronavirus to avoid panic. In February, however, he told Woodward the virus was “deadly stuff" and far more dangerous than the flu even as he repeatedly compared the two in public.