Lion of the Blogosphere

Michael Cohen

He’s entitled to defend himself.

But it seems to me like his lawyer is some guy who hates Trump and is using Cohen to take Trump down rather than representing Cohen’s interests. The same with Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, but she’s a dumb bimbo pseudo-prostitute, while Michael Cohen, even though he went to a TTT law school, ought to know better.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

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  1. His lawyer is Lanny Davis, who was one of Clinton’s lawyers in the 90’s. http://thefederalist.com/2018/07/25/lets-take-moment-remember-corrupt-hackery-lanny-davis/

    snorlaxwp

    July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. “But it seems to me like his lawyer is some guy who hates Trump and is using Cohen to take Trump down rather than representing Cohen’s interests.”

    Cohen was Trump’s lawyer for many years and supposedly his friend. For him to show this kind of disloyalty disgusts me. I have no doubt that Lanny Davis would love to to take Trump down. But from a purely objective standpoint, it may well be in Cohen’s best interest to turn on Trump. A Trump ally will be skewered both by the media as well as the court, But someone who turns on Trump will likely fare much better in both. At least, he’d better hope so. Because there won’t be any pardon after this.

    destructure

    July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I don’t see how this public spectacle benefits Cohen. I don’t see how the fakestream media will ever start loving Cohen.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He’s trying to save his own ass. I don’t think he cares about the media.

        Anyway I don’t see what the big deal is that Trump knew about the meeting beforehand. So what? It was a meeting with Russians. It’s not like he controlled the content of the meeting.

        gothamette

        July 27, 2018 at EDT am

      • “Anyway I don’t see what the big deal is that Trump knew about the meeting beforehand. So what? It was a meeting with Russians. It’s not like he controlled the content of the meeting.”

        I’ve been perplexed by this as well. MSNBC is in full “we got’em!” mode since this news came out and the roundtable discussions have just assumed that the meeting was the Russian Collusion link they’ve been looking for. It’s very possible that Trump lied about knowing about the meeting in advance, but so what? The meeting itself went no where and wasn’t collusion to begin with.

        Desperation, or just keep screaming about everything and hope something takes off?

        Mike Street Station

        July 27, 2018 at EDT am

  3. But why is he entitled to release recordings of conversations with Trump? Even if Trump agreed lawyers shouldn’t be allowed to even divulge the existence of recordings like that. Is Cohen’s disbartment just a foregone conclusion at this point?

    Magnavox

    July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. Trump could have ordered the FBI to return all of the stuff they took from Cohen in the raid and ordered them to drop the case but he didn’t. If I was Cohen, I could care less about defending Trumps interests when Trump could stop this at any time.

    Clay

    July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. If I were Trump, I’d file a complaint with the state bar for violating attorney -client privilege, just to jam him up.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    July 26, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I understand that there may be a legitimate reason to circumvent attorney client privilege but I don’t understand why Cohen is allowed to have that arbitrated in the public sphere like this. Surely any claims Cohen is making about Trumps wrongdoing should be communicated privately to authorities and only publicly revealed if whatever Cohen is claiming has been confirmed. How does it make any sense to allow lawyers to publicly accuse their clients of crimes and to unilaterally decide whether or not attorney client privilege applies?

      Magnavox

      July 27, 2018 at EDT am

      • The least of Cohen’s worries at this point is disbarment. I’m perplexed that LOTB isn’t more sympathetic to his position. Cohen has likely committed many crimes at Trump’s behest which would put him in jail for years yet LOTB thinks his lawyer should be more conciliatory to Donald’s interests?

        It’s really easy to game this out: “Michael, ask yourself: if rolls were reversed, do you believe that Donald would do jail time to protect you or would he cut a deal and cooperate with prosecutors to nail you?”

        It really is no choice at all. Perhaps he holds out for a Hail Mary pardon but that will implode the entire GOP and Trump’s presidency in a single act. So, he’s flipping, he’ll get a sweetheart deal, and the guy he admired and carried water for over decades is going face some payback for the humiliations he subjected Cohen to, not least of which was icing him out of any roll in the new administration after he went to great lengths to cover up Trump’s numerous affairs.

        Cohen recorded those conversations for a reason. He thought he might need an insurance policy if the shit hit the fan, which it most certainly has. Hell, once he comes through this, he’s likely looking at a seven figure book deal!

        THE FIXER: My Life as The Donald’s Consigliere by Michal Cohen, releasing October 2020.

        I suspect, Lion, that you know this is going to happen and you’re dreading it. Cohen represents an existential threat to Trump’s presidency, and perhaps his liberty. He’s the nexus where the money laundering, Russians, and whores intersect. There’s really no limit to the dirt he has to leverage, he’s been there since the beginning.

        Loyalty only works if goes both ways.

        Jack

        July 27, 2018 at EDT am

      • I said that Cohen is entitled to defend himself, but I don’t think his lawyer is looking out for his best interests.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 27, 2018 at EDT am

      • The whole point of this is to undermine Trump politically, just like every other nothingburger the media has been throwing at Trump since he was elected. There is no substance to it. Once you realize that the federal bureaucracy is rotten to the core, the world makes much more sense.

        Georgia Resident

        July 27, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I don’t see how hurting Trump politically helps keep Cohen out of prison, unless he thinks he has a secret deal with Mueller or NY State prosecutors.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 27, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Everything in this case has been thrown out the window. Attorney-client privilege is dead; laws against self-incrimination are dead. What “deal” does Cohen think he can get when these pillars of criminal defense have been rendered useless?

        Even the recording that CNN broadcast has nothing on it…There is no mention of McDougal or anyone getting paid off. It could be any transaction.

        It is going to be wonderful when Trump declares martial law and all of these people are rounded up.

        map

        July 27, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. Of course he is. His goal is to protect Cohen from legal exposure, whether that’s by pressuring Trump with a constant stream of embarrassing and damning tidbits to secure a presidency-killing pardon from him, or, failing that, rat him out for the best deal he can get, and cash in on the back end. Either way, that IS Cohen’s best interest, and Trump is between a rock and a hard place.

    Jack

    July 27, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. It mystifies me. My understanding is that Cohen’s team is making the audio tapes public, and they’re the one’s saying Cohen witnessed Don Jr. tell senior about the meeting to learn Russian dirt on Hillary. Why isn’t Cohen keeping mum in order to secure a deal from prosecutors? One hypothesis is that he’s holding out for a pardon, which makes no sense. Another hypothesis is that Davis is an old Clinton ally, so he doesn’t care about Cohen; he’s just out to destroy Trump. While that’s more plausible, it too does not make a lot of sense.

    Of course, the alt-right is saying Trump made a yuge mistake trusting “(((Cohen))).” Does anyone believe that Trump didn’t have sex with Daniels and McDougal? The guy is a scumbag, and Cohen knows about a lot of his scumbag behavior. I think Bannon was quoted in Fire & Fury as saying Michael Cohen was treated like “human garbage,” or something to that effect. Trump will get a lot of loyalty from his supporters, but not from the people who know him.

    Vince

    July 28, 2018 at EDT am

  8. Vince, I think Cohen’s strategy is threading the needle right between the two most positive outcomes for him– a pardon or full immunity. The reality is that he’s facing some serious criminal liability for which Meuller might not feel comfortable letting him off the hook. Why let Cohen go to get Trump when you can get them both?

    So Cohen has to dangle these things out there as a simultaneous inducement and threat, hoping to land one of the get-out-of-jail cards. My gut tells me he’s inclined toward knuckling Trump to cough up another pardon even though it may destabilize the US government. It keeps him out of federal prison and will allow him to escape the country (possibly to his wife’s native Ukraine which has no extradition treaty) and any NY State criminal charges he could be facing.

    The underlying message to Trump is “help me out or I start to roll out the REALLY embarrassing and damning stuff,” to which Trump has tried to hold fast in the face of mounting peril. Trump, because he doesn’t like his own playbook (threats, duplicity, etc) being leveraged against him, is butt-hurt that a longtime lickspittle like Cohen is working him like this.

    Therein lies the weakness of Trump’s power structure– his demands for utter loyalty to him aren’t earned, and thus are not genuine. He thinks it’s his birthright. Because Trump would rather accept phony displays of humiliating loyalty from guys like Cohen instead of cultivating a mutual bilateral trust, he has zero defense against the proverbial prisoner’s dilemma. His understanding of game theory is obviously nonexistent. He operates from a zero-sum worldview. He can’t really win in his own mind unless disloyal Cohen somehow loses.

    Trump wants to win in 2020 to prove his detractors wrong. Pardoning his own accomplice in crime, philandering, and so forth would be a self-serving bridge too far for most people and the GOP would finally have to act lest he take down the party with him. But Michael Cohen will still be free to write his best-selling tell-all. He was very smart to record all this material.

    Jack

    July 29, 2018 at EDT am


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