Over the last ten years, Michael Cohen has been asked to threaten someone on behalf of Donald Trump approximately 500 times, according to Cohen’s testimony during Wednesday's House Oversight Committee hearing.
He used litigation, intimidation, and the media to carry out these threats, Business Insider reported.
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) asked, “How many times did Trump ask you to threaten an individual or entity on his behalf?”
Cohen responded that this had happened “quite a few times.” He then said that over the last ten years, he had probably been asked to threaten someone on Trump’s behalf over 500 times.
"And when you say threaten, I mean with litigation or with an argument with a nasty reporter that is writing an article," Cohen explained.
There is public evidence of Cohen’s threats. NPR released a recording in May 2018 of a conversation Cohen had in 2015 with reporter Tim Mak. In the conversation, Cohen was angry with Mak for reporting in The Daily Beast on Ivana Trump’s claim that Trump “violated” her during sex. Cohen threatened to sue, claiming “you can’t rape your spouse.”
"I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. "So I'm warning you, tread very f--king lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f--king disgusting. You understand me?"
Later in 2015 Cohen apologized for the comments, calling them “inarticulate.”