Last night any idea that Michael Cohen might still be in Trump‘s camp died on national TV.
A secret recording of a conversation between Trump’s personal fixer and the then-presidential candidate in 2016 aired on CNN‘s Cuomo Prime Time last night at 9.
In the recording the two men discussed a potential payoff tied to allegations of an affair made by a former Playboy model named Karen McDougal. Cohen’s new lawyer, Lanny Davis criminal defense attorney Los Angeles CA, stated in an interview with Cuomo following the playing of the tape, that Cohen had sworn off his loyalty pledge to Trump. He’s now looking out for himself.
“What is this about. This is about honesty versus false disparagement of Michael Cohen. Why is (Trump lawyer Rudy) Giuliani out falsely disparaging Michael Cohen — because they fear him.“
The release of this tape signals a new phase in the drama. The man who once pledged he would take a bullet for his boss has now turned on him after the FBI raid on his hotel room, house and office in April.
Trump’s campaign has always insisted that he didn’t know about payment to McDougal by the National Enquirer‘s David Pecker or anyone else.
Hope Hicks told The Wall Street Journal on November 4, 2016
“We have no knowledge of any of this…“
That’s now a bald-faced lie in print, seemingly Trump’s calling card, and maybe his re-election strategy if this keeps up. He is heard on the tape discussing the possibility of buying the rights to McDougal’s story from Pecker with Cohen two months before that Hicks quote.
And that deception doesn’t even deal with the possible campaign finance violations.
To sum it up, the information Cohen possesses is a BIG FAT embarrassment for Trump (if he can be embarrassed) and it makes clear that he’s a BIG FAT LIAR.
It looks like Cohen has evidence of criminal wrongdoing either by Trump himself or those close to him.
After the FBI raid, Trump insisted that his lawyer would never turn on him, tweeting,
“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip.’ They use non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!“
As they say, karma is a bitch –especially when you are. Wonder what other interesting conversations Cohen recorded…?