After months of spirited speculation on whether President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen would turn against the president, Cohen’s lawyer has dropped another hint about which direction he’s tending towards.
Here’s what he said
Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said on The Hill’s new video show, set to air Wednesday, that Cohen had issued his own “declaration of independence” from the president.
Davis was referring to an interview Cohen had with George Stephanopoulos about his relationship with the president, and whether he was still willing to “take a bullet” for Trump.
“There’s a reason that he said at the very end of the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos that he took these contrary positions to Mr. Trump,” explained Davis, “who he previously said he would take a bullet for, a comment that I believe he would not say today.
“The reason he said is, ‘I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else’s defense strategy,'” he added.
“This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4,” Davis concluded.
“Tell the truth? Seriously?”
Davis also appeared to mock the suggestion from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, that they had nothing to fear from Cohen cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and that he should honestly answer his questions.
“Did [Rudy Giuliani] really say on Sunday shows that [Michael Cohen] should cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth?” he tweeted Monday. “Seriously?”
Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth? Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of “truth”? Trump/Giuliani next to the word “truth” = oxymoron. Stay tuned. #thetruthmatters
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) July 9, 2018
“Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of ‘truth”’?” he added. “Trump/Giuliani next to the word ‘truth’ = oxymoron. Stay tuned.” He added a hashtag for “the truth matters.”
“A little bit of exaggeration”
The general hostility of Davis towards Trump and Giuliani made many speculate that Cohen was getting closer to turning against the president. One dissenter from that theory is the president’s former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci.
“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,” Scaramucci said of Cohen.
Lanny Davis has a colorful history with special investigations into presidents – he was the special counsel to former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.