(TargetLiberty.org) – Michael Cohen, previously an ally of former President Trump, brought attention on Wednesday to the absence of Mark Meadows and Jared Kushner from the recent indictment against Trump. He hinted that they might be working with the authorities as witnesses.
The federal indictment filed this week against Trump accuses him of four criminal acts related to his attempts to maintain power following the 2020 election. The indictment refers to six anonymous co-conspirators, with some identities having been disclosed by the press.
Cohen, once Trump’s lawyer but now a vocal detractor, noted that neither Meadows, who was Trump’s former chief of staff, nor Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and former senior White House adviser, appear to be among the six anonymous co-conspirators.
During an interview on CNN, Cohen stated, “The focus of this indictment shouldn’t be solely on identifying the six co-conspirators, but on who is conspicuously absent from it.”
He went on to question the lack of mention of Meadows and Kushner, remarking, “Jared Kushner was involved in nearly everything. How is it conceivable that he is not named here? He was a constant presence from Trump’s entry into the White House until his departure.”
Cohen further speculated that Kushner might be a cooperating witness. When queried by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota if he believed Kushner would testify against his father-in-law, Cohen was firm, saying, “Certainly. Is Jared so different from Donald? Would Donald hesitate to sacrifice Jared to protect himself? Absolutely not.” He expressed similar sentiments about Meadows.
Trump’s pleaded “not guilty” at his arraignment on the new charges in Washington on Thursday.
In related developments, during the hearings by the House Jan. 6 committee probing the Capitol attack, Cassidy Hutchinson, Meadows’s former chief of staff, described her boss’s actions on the day of the incident, painting him as seemingly indifferent to the threat of violence. After hearing her testimony, Chris Whipple, an author who wrote a book about White House chiefs of staff, commented that Meadows was more than just a lackey; he was a partner in the events.
Kushner has also testified before the House committee, sharing his location and activities on Jan. 6 and commenting on Trump’s belief that he had won the election. His testimony included details of receiving a call from then-Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who sought assistance and expressed concern about the escalating situation.
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