Star of the silver screen… Michael Cohen?
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer is already fielding offers from Hollywood, even as he prepares to start his three-year prison sentence, according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
Sources reportedly told Page Six that Cohen was spotted at a recent power breakfast meeting with “Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” producer Lawrence Bender.
“Cohen’s attorney David Schwartz told Page Six: “There is a lot of interest in Michael’s story, but he isn’t open to doing anything at the moment because of continuing investigations.” Cohen has reportedly spent 70 hours in interviews with Robert Mueller’s prosecutors and other federal investigators. Meanwhile, producers can begin hashing out who will play Cohen in any movie version. Our suggestions include: Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, David Schwimmer or Ben Stiller — who’s already comically played Cohen on “SNL.”
Perhaps anticipating Cohen’s prison experience, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, joked recently that Cohen “needed a colonoscopy.”
Gohmert, a House Judiciary Committee member, said he believed congressional oversight was “healthy” for the country but feared House Democrats “won’t be able to help themselves… You don’t need a colonoscopy after every minor decision, and I think that’s where they are headed,” the Texas Republican said.
According to the Washington Examiner, Gohmert’s quip follows a McClatchy article “reporting that cellphone signals and intercepted chatter between Russians could be evidence that Cohen was in or near the Czech capital in the summer of 2016. It was suggested in the Trump-Russia dossier that Cohen was close to the eastern European city to meet with Kremlin agents so they could discuss how to downplay the “liaison” between the Trump campaign and Moscow. No other news outlet has been able to verify McClatchy’s story, and Cohen has denied the claims.”
President Trump recently called Cohen a “rat” in a tweet: “Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?”
According to New York magazine’s Nick Tabor, at Cohen’s request, the judge is recommending that he go to the minimum-security prison in Otisville, N.Y., a town of 1,000 (not counting prisoners) in the Hudson Valley.
“The prison has a large Jewish population, including many Hasidim, and it’s the only federal prison with a full-time rabbi, Ellis said,” according to the magazine. “As of 2008, the much larger medium-security prison next door served extensive Seder meals every spring, with kosher chicken, potatoes, and handmade matzo. And the commissary menu is extensive: with nine kinds of nuts, four kinds of sausage, tuna, mackerel, and a range of cooking supplies. Ray Liotta’s crew in GoodFellas should have been so lucky. “Even if you’re not an observant Jew,” Ellis said — and Cohen has called himself agnostic — “it’s still a pretty good place to be.”
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