It has been a hard fall for Michael Cohen. He has gone from “fine person” to “rat” in less than a year.
Michael Cohen was hired as Trump’s general counsel in 2007.
All eyes were on Washington, D.C. last week as the House Oversight Committee finally heard from a witness whom Democrat lawmakers hoped would serve up some dirt on President Donald J. Trump.
Michael Cohen was sworn in and agreed to tell the truth under oath.
The biggest problem with this witness is it was his second appearance before a Congressional committee. The first one resulted in him pleading guilty to lying to Congress. So even before his testimony began, it was tainted by his first appearance.
Cohen began with a prepared script which he read to members of the committee. In his remarks he called Trump a racist, a con man and a cheat. He said his appearance there was due to his blind loyalty to Trump.
In a Vanity Fair article published in 2017, Cohen said he would “take a bullet for Trump.” He said no one in the world could get him to disclose anything about the Trumps. In 2012, he called Trump, an, “American hero.”
He told ABC news in2016, that if anyone did something Mr. Trump didn’t like, he would do everything in his power to resolve it to Mr. Trump’s benefit.
I’m guessing that’s where the title of “fixer” comes in.
He would later become an integral part of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Apparently Cohen was important enough to the campaign to be chosen to chair the campaign’s efforts at racial outreach. He founded the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, which was headed by Omarosa Manghault. The purpose of this initiative was to assure the public Trump was not a racist, misogynist, sexist or Islamophic.
In April, 2018, the FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room, acting on orders from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern district of New York. The office was alerted by Robert Mueller to possible criminal activity by Cohen. They seized his files of personal communication with clients, including Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump immediately slammed the raid as a “disgraceful situation”, and “an attack on our country”.
Trump would later tweet, “Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked and 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.”
In May of 2018, Trump called Cohen an “honest, honorable lawyer.” In June of 2018, he said he always liked Michael and that he was a good person.
By August, 2018 Cohen pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud, and violation of campaign finance laws. The campaign finance law violation involved his participation in paying off two women who reportedly threatened to expose sexual encounters with then candidate, Donald Trump. Cohen said he was reimbursed by the campaign for the money paid to the women.
At this point, the relationship tween Trump and his former attorney became contentious. Trump began to tweet derogatory comments regarding Cohen.
In August, Trump tweeted that “anyone looking for a good lawyer should not hire Cohen.”
By December, 2018, Cohen would become a “rat” for cooperating with federal investigators. Trump tweeted, “remember, Michael Cohen only became a rat after FBI broke into his office.”
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in testimony he gave to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees in 2017. He says he knowingly gave false answers to questions about Trump’s efforts to build a Trump-branded tower in Moscow. He originally said the discussions ended in January of 2016, but investigators found evidence that Cohen continued to speak with a contact in Russia through the summer of 2016. This was relevant because candidate Trump had stated he was not in discussions about any business interests in Russia.
Cohen claims he lied to Congress because Trump wanted him to. He offered no proof but says Trump continually spoke to him in coded language asking how things were going in Russia.
According to Cohen he created shell companies, paid off people, and issued threats on Trump’s behalf. He presented the Oversight Committee with copies of letters he had sent to various schools threatening them with legal action if they released any academic information about Trump.
If the House Oversight Committee really wants to investigate Mr. Trump for his business activities, they may want to find a witness not going to prison for fraud and lying to Congress. This guy has zero credibility.
Cohen is scheduled to be incarcerated beginning in May for a period of three years as the result of his guilty pleas.
According to friends and associates of Trump, he places loyalty to him above all else.
Trump witnessed him lie, threaten and cheat for him. He can’t possibly be surprised by Cohen’s actions.
Hiring a pit bull to do your dirty work can be dangerous because that breed is notorious for turning on its owners.