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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenMichael Cohen writing second book on Trump administration's Justice Department Bruce Ohr retires from DOJ Trump again asks Supreme Court to shield tax records 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 LemonSchwarzenegger: California GOP has gone 'off the rails' with unofficial ballot boxes CNN's Lemon, MSNBC's Maddow rail against NBC for Trump town hall: 'Embarrassing ratings ploy' CNN's Lemon: Asking Biden, Harris about 'hypothetical' court packing 'not a legitimate question' MORE Wednesday night, saying he had “heard through the grapevine” Trump’s son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden pushes back on Trump: 'Crass' to go after political rival's children Lawyers for Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner threaten to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Kushner friend arrested on cyberstalking charges 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.