Trump Humiliated Michael Cohen at His Son’s Bar Mitzvah…And Showed Up Hours Late
Will Michael Cohen, the personal attorney of President Donald Trump who was recently raided by the FBI, flip on the president?
Federal prosecutors are pressing Cohen to explain his $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress with whom Trump was allegedly involved in an affair with. The payment, if made on behalf of his client Trump, may have violated federal election law.
A new article from The Wall Street Journal documents the attorney’s fall from Trump’s inner orbit, and the president may have something to worry about if the claims reported by the WSJ are to be believed, since the president may not remain in Cohen’s good graces.
In 2012, the president reportedly “humiliated” Cohen during his son’s Bar-mitzvah, the WSJ reported. His lateness to the event apparently delayed parts of the service. Trump then gave a speech in which he recalled how Cohen “begged him” to come to the event, producing laughs from the congregation.
On Thursday, Trump said he had “nothing to do” with Cohen’s business. However, during the same interview, Trump acknowledged the fact that Cohen had represented him as a client in the Stormy Daniels ordeal, which he had previously admitted to.
Trump’s dismissal of his association with Cohen is similar to that of Sean Hannity’s, who was recently revealed to be the until-then undisclosed third client of Michael Cohen.
“I have never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees,” the Fox News host tweeted.
One of Cohen’s other clients was former RNC official and donor Elliott Broidy, who resigned last month after sources revealed he had Cohen pay off a Playmate for $1.6 million to stay silent about his relationship with her. Cohen’s reputation as a “fixer” alludes to his knack of paying off women whom his clients have extramarital affairs with. So far, it is unclear what his work with Hannity consisted of.
Some Trump officials are worried about how much legal pressure Cohen can take.
A lawyer defending a Trump aide in the Russia investigation put it like this: “I think for two years or four years or five years [of prison time], Michael Cohen would be a stand-up guy,” but he added, “But depending on dollars involved, which can be a big driver, or if they look at him and say it’s not two to four years, it’s 18 to 22, then how loyal is he?”