Former personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, offered a theory on why Trump criticizes the judges, prosecutors and witnesses involved in his trials. According to Cohen, the former president does it to instigate his supporters against the individuals and impact the outcome of his case.

During an interview on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” with Joy Reid, Cohen was quizzed about Trump’s goal for speaking against the judges, prosecutors and witnesses in his trials.

In response, Cohen said, “His goal is to fuel up his supporters, to fuel up his haters for the sole purpose of getting them to act no differently and as stupidly as they did on January 6th. His goal is to get them to attack these individuals, these critics of him as often and as frequently as they possibly can, whether it’s going to be on social media, whether it’ll be through phone calls, whether it will be in person. I mean, that’s his goal. Intimidation and witness– it’s witness intimidation and it’s harassment.”

Delving into a recent post Trump made in which he mentioned his name, Cohen continued, “Just the other day, two hours before the signing of this gag order, which I believe that i’m included in, he put out a tweet that had my name and it’s a little bit incoherent, which is something that Donald’s posts have recently been. But it was an incoherent thing that talked about me and death. What is his goal? Again, it’s to insight these followers to prevent me from appearing before the New York district attorney, before the Manhattan district attorney in this upcoming trial. He does not want to face accountability at any cost.”

Cohen’s remarks follows Trump’s criticism of Judge Juan Merchan who is overseeing his hush money case after he got slammed with a gag order in the case, in which he is accused of falsifying financial records after paying a huge sum to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.

In a post to Truth Social on Wednesday, Trump suggested that Merchan was bowing to the interests of his daughter who is a Democratic political consultant whose firm has worked on campaigns for President Joe Biden.

Pointing out that Merchan’s daughter, Loren Merchan, recently made a social media post about how seeing him jailed is a goal, Trump called the gag order placed on him the day before “illegal, un-American and unconstitutional.”