Donald Trump continues to get what’s coming to him as time goes on. He’s in a position of power and prominence as the President of the United States, but while in that position, the walls keep closing in around him. He can pretty much at this point completely erase the possibility of any lasting support or loyalty through the tumult of his presidency from his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.
In new comments offered to the press, a lawyer representing Cohen framed recent comments from his client in stark terms while explaining their implication for the Cohen/Trump relationship. Discussing the context for a recent Cohen appearance on ABC, attorney Lanny Davis commented:
‘There’s a reason that he said at the very end of the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos that he took these contrary positions to Mr. Trump, who he previously said he would take a bullet for — a comment that I believe he would not say today — and the reason he said is, ‘I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else’s defense strategy.’ This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4.’
These comments are not the first instance of Davis, a recent addition to Cohen’s legal team, going after the president and his allies.
Recently on Twitter, for instance, he mocked the idea put forward by longtime Trump ally and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that responsibility rested with Cohen to tell the truth and cooperate with prosecutors. Legal authorities in question who could be relevant in this situation include the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York and the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Davis pointed out that it’s not as though Giuliani and Trump are some shining examples of telling the truth and cooperating with investigations.
As one example of the Trump team ignoring the truth — and in the process throwing Michael Cohen under the bus — the president and his allies held to the claim for some time that Trump had nothing to do with hush money Cohen delivered to adult film star Stormy Daniels covering an affair with the man who is now president. As it turns out, however — and as Giuliani revealed during an appearance on Fox early in his time as Trump’s lawyer — Trump reimbursed Cohen.
That payment is one of a number of issues on which authorities are going after Cohen, the slate of which includes a host of financial crimes. Whether or not he will plead guilty and cooperate with authorities remains to be seen, but what is clear in the meantime is that — as his attorney Lanny Davis has explained — he’s looking out for his own interests here and not those of the president.
As Cohen himself explained to George Stephanopolous in an interview that aired earlier this month:
‘My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.’
As it turns out, then, Trump has pretty much lost the man who stuck by his side and defended him through years and years of ordeals. That’s what happens when you treat the people close to you as Trump has.
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