Anthony Scaramucci said Monday that he spoke to Michael Cohen, the president's former attorney, and gave several reasons to doubt the Democrat hope that he is going to "flip" and testify against the president.
There are many layers
Scaramucci, who joined the administration for about 11 eventful days as White House communications director, told Chris Cuomo on CNN Monday that he didn't believe Cohen was turning on President Donald Trump.
"Let's go over some of the layers of what he said," Scaramucci explained.
Democrats and others in the media had been speculating the Cohen might be getting ready to testify against the president after he appeared to be sending signals to Trump in an interview Monday.
"On the first layer him saying that he's loyal to his family and his country is not incongruous with him also being loyal to the president," Scaramucci said, "which happens to still be a close friend of Michael Cohen's."
"I think there's a little bit of exaggeration going on in the media right now where that's a warning shot, indication, and all that other stuff, I think that's very consistent," he added.
"Second layer has to do with the FBI," he continued, "Michael said right after the raid, I think he tweeted it out, that he was you know, treated well by the FBI, and they were very very professional to him and so, again, people are saying that that's against the president. I actually don't think so."
"The president has been very clear that there's a very thin layer of people inside the FBI that he feels weaponized that agency but he really loves the rank and file and he really loves law enforcement," he added.
Cuomo agreed but said that Cohen was "taking opportunities to speak to the media that seem very purposeful."
Scaramucci argued that there was not much evidence that Cohen was close to "flipping" on the president, and Cuomo agreed and pointed out that special counsel Robert Mueller had not yet pressed any charges on Cohen. Cuomo disagreed on Scaramucci's speculation that there was nothing criminal that Cohen could testify about.
Here's the video of Scaramucci's comments about Cohen:
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, said Cohen was playing games with his interview.
“This is Michael Cohen trying to send a message to the president that he wants the president to pay his legal bills or he’s going to flip," he said on MSNBC. "He’s playing games with the American people.”