President Donald Trump's longtime attorney Jay Goldberg told CNN's Erin Burnett that Michael Cohen is not fit for "the rigors of jail life" and is susceptible to tell investigators what they want to hear. He agreed with the statement that Cohen is of "weak character" and is under pressure to bring the government in as his "sponsor."
Goldberg had difficulty explaining life in prison but he is sure that Cohen doesn't want to see himself "walking down Broadway" while people are "clamoring" that "'you're going to be my wife.'"
"I think in many ways, and it's difficult to say this, prison has a racial overtone, and a person like Michael doesn't see himself walking down Broadway while people are clamoring you're going to be my wife," Goldberg said Thursday on CNN.
ERIN BURNETT, CNN: So do you know Michael Cohen? What makes you think that?
JAY GOLDBERG, TRUMP ATTORNEY AND CONFIDANT: I do.
BURNETT: So why do you think that?
GOLDBERG: I do know him. Well, he is of a type that I've recognized in the past as one not suited to stand up to the rigors of jail life. And don't forget he is under pressure not only from his own personality but from his family. They don't see Michael as taking the pressure or a fall for somebody else. And if the government requires a certain kind of cooperation or gives out a hint as to what could be necessary, the record has shown --
BURNETT: So you think he is a weak, weak character, basically?
GOLDBERG: I do think so. I think in many ways, and it's difficult to say this, prison has a racial overtone, and a person like Michael doesn't see himself walking down Broadway while people are clamoring you're going to be my wife. And so he's under pressure from his family to try to figure out what it would take to bring the government aboard as his sponsor.
BURNETT: So you're saying -- I want to make sure I understand. You're saying Michael Cohen, it sounds like you believe did do something wrong, that there could be something criminal here. You wouldn't be worried about jail otherwise. But you don't think he would have the goods on the president. He would simply say what they wanted to hear to get out of his own prison which you believe he could very fairly have deserved?
GOLDBERG: I don't say that the government has importuned him to say certain things that are not true. But a witness in Michael's position is able to glean what it would take to get a letter of cooperation from the government and thereby avoid a lengthy prison term. The record is clear. It corrupts the system, said, one important federal judge, that witnesses under a threat of going to jail for a long period of time generally try to conform their conduct in such a way that they can earn what's known as a 5k-1 letter.
More Goldberg on Cohen conduct:
Jay Goldberg, longtime legal adviser to Trump, says he spoke with the president after Cohen raid & told him he's "concerned about a person [Cohen] facing a lengthy prison term who's likely to say things which he thinks would best position himself for leniency." pic.twitter.com/541YgZQGKC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 19, 2018
Goldberg said Trump is worried that Cohen will turn:
Goldberg says that during their recent conversation, Trump told him he "understood" his concerns about Cohen cooperating with prosecutors pic.twitter.com/NM1QGjycq2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 19, 2018
Cohen will lie to get leniency: