The Stormy Daniels affair is turning into one of the most persistent scandals of Donald Trump’s presidency. And given the sheer volume of scandals, that’s really saying something. It doesn’t help that this incident involves Trump’s own personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who arranged the $130,000 in hush money to keep Trump’s infidelity out of the news. Cohen is a long-time Trump toady who can always be relied on to prop up his pal, no matter how repulsive his behavior.
Having made himself the subject of the Stormy affair by asserting that he paid her from his own funds, Cohen is now as much an accomplice as he is an attorney. And his story that he ponied up the cash out of the kindness of his heart is falling apart. Consequently, he is adopting the tactics of his boss in order to deflect attention from his own potential criminal liability. On Saturday morning he tweeted this:
Another great jobs report thanks to @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. Didn’t see or hear anyone other than @FoxNews talking about this! All the liberal #MSM wants to focus on is my e-mail account. #MAGA #RT pic.twitter.com/QuNsoYCSXa
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) March 10, 2018
Cohen has somehow gotten the impression that the media is obsessed with his email account. In fact, they are just being responsible journalists by reporting that his contacts with Stormy were made using his Trump Organization email address. That’s relevant due to his prior insistence that the arrangements he made with Stormy had nothing to do with Trump and Trump knew nothing about them. By the way, that would be a violation of the New York Bar Association’s standards of conduct. An attorney may not take actions on behalf of a client without full disclosure and permissionHaving no other defense, Cohen is resorting to attacking the media on a completely different topic. And, much like Trump, his attack is rooted in deliberate falsification of reality. Cohen saying that he didn’t see reporting about the jobs numbers anywhere except for Fox News is really just a confession that he doesn’t watch anything but Fox News. Every other major news organization reported these numbers, as they do every time they are released. Just a few obvious examples:
- New York Times: U.S. Added 313,000 Jobs in February. Here’s What That Means
- CNN: Whoa! 313,000 jobs added last month. Here’s where they came from
- CNBC: Nonfarm payrolls increase by 313,000 in February vs. 200,000 est.
- Wall Street Journal: U.S. Adds 313,000 Jobs in February; Wage Growth Eases
- USA Today: Jobs report: U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February 2018
- NBC News: U.S. economy gained 313,000 jobs last month, surpassing expectations
- Washington Post: The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, beating expectations
So Cohen didn’t see or hear any of this? Is he blind and deaf? Or is he just a lying, propaganda sewer who parrots the anti-media bullshit of Donald Trump? If nothing else, he’s exposing his fear about the legal walls that are closing in around him. This painfully desperate tweet is evidence of his knowledge that he and his favorite client are going down fast. And there’s nothing he an do about it.