So why do you think Donald Trump hired Michael Cohen, the man he now refers to as a “rat,” as his personal attorney more than a decade ago, and kept him in his employ, right up to the point when those federal law enforcement officials raided his home, offices and hotel room?
Was it his legal prowess?
I doubt it. Cohen got a strip mall law degree from what is arguably the worst law school in the United States – Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan.
Did Cohen boast an impressive clientele?
Well, with Trump as his main client, his only other clients seemed to be Trump pal, Elliott Broidy, and Fox News personality (and devoted Trump bootlicker), Sean Hannity (You can call him “Client #3”).
In the case of Broidy, “fixer” Cohen arranged the payoff of a Playboy Playmate who became pregnant (allegedly by Broidy). She aborted the child, but Broidy needed her to stay quiet about it, and Cohen facilitated the payoff.
That seems to be a thing with Cohen.
Hannity, on the other hand, sought to keep his name hidden, but when it was revealed that he was the third client in the Cohen lineup, he blew it off by saying Cohen managed some real estate deals for him.
No, Trump needed someone with just enough legal knowledge to pass as a legit attorney, but who possessed a certain “morally flexible” worldview, so as to fit in with the Trump business model.
He needed his mentor, Roy Cohn, but with Cohn gone, Cohen was brought in to fill the void.
I don’t know how Roy Cohn would have reacted, if under the same pressure as Cohen, but I’m guessing he wouldn’t have spent a decade working for a man who abused and demeaned him, pledging fealty to that man, no matter what.
It would seem that with his turn on Trump, Cohen is looking to regain his backbone and redeem himself for years of misdeeds at Trump’s behest.
I don’t know if it will work, but he’s certainly been a wellspring of helpful information about how Trump ran his business and his campaign.
Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on other activities by Cohen, and how he was working to benefit the Trump campaign.
Apparently, a pollster is accusing Cohen of stiffing his company on work done for Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election.
John Gauger, director of RedFinch Solutions LLC and the chief information officer at Liberty University, told The Wall Street Journal that Cohen gave him just more than $12,000 in a Walmart shopping bag that also contained a boxing glove Cohen said was from a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter.
The cash, Gauger told the Journal, was for his firm’s unsuccessful attempts to rig the polls.
Cohen also apparently promised them more business with the Trump campaign.
“Mr. Cohen promised but never was able to develop the business he predicted,” said attorney Charles James.
Yeah, but your clients were unsuccessful in rigging polls for Trump.
That’s not all. Cohen sought a bit of work for himself, as well.
Gauger said that Cohen also directed him during that time to set up a Twitter account, “Women for Cohen,” which remains active today and describes Cohen as a booster of the president and a sex symbol.
I feel like I should be laughing at this, but it’s actually kind of sad. Trump had beat the man’s self-esteem so low that this is what he had to do.
I visited the profile. It has 940 followers and reads:
“Women who love and support Michael Cohen. Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!”
I’m not sure how many followers the site may have had before Twitter did its bot purge, or how many of those comments still left up are from actual people. The last post to the page was from December 28, 2016.
Cohen’s deal with the company was first revealed in court filings made last year, and while he’s not denying he hired the company, or that he didn’t pay them in full, he’s oddly denying the payment method.
“All monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check,” Cohen said, according to the newspaper.
In a tweet after the Journal article was published, he said “what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump.
“I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it,” he added.
I think this is Cohen’s way of saying they’re never, never getting back together.