Why Michael Cohen Agreed to Plead Guilty—And Implicate the President A personal turning point for Mr. Cohen was a conversation with his father, Maurice Cohen, a Holocaust survivor. Mr. Cohen’s father urged him not to protect the president, saying he didn’t survive the Holocaust to have his name sullied by Mr. Trump, according to a person who was told about the conversation. On June 20, Mr. Cohen stepped down from his position as the Republican National Committee’s deputy finance chairman and tweeted his first public criticism of his former boss: “As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy [are] heart wrenching.” The tweet no longer appears on Mr. Cohen’s Twitter account. ------------------------------- OMG. Could you imagine? Making your family so ashamed? I'm sure this is something felons go through all the time. Some probably don't care but some have got to feel just awful. And to have this put in front of the country? And involving the president? Imagine the shame. This could drive someone to harm themselves. Knowing your kids will grow up ashamed of you. Your family members seeing you as a criminal. Your wife. Your neighbors. I can't even imagine how awful this man must feel. Suddenly, I have a lot of empathy for Michael Cohen. He's still a felon. And he shouldn't have committed crimes. But I suddenly feel so sorry for him and his family.