Attorney Michael Cohen, from all appearances, is the gravedigger and groundskeeper in the cemetery where all of Donald Trump’s bodies are buried. Is he going to help Robert Mueller dig them up?
Trump supporters are concerned, according to Politico:
Two sources close to the president said people in Trump’s inner circle have in recent days been actively discussing the possibility that Michael Cohen — long seen as one of Trump’s most loyal personal allies — might flip if he faces serious charges as a result of his work on behalf of Trump.
“I think for two years or four years or five years, Michael Cohen would be a stand-up guy. I think he’d tell them go piss up a rope. But depending on dollars involved, which can be a big driver, or if they look at him and say it’s not two to four years, it’s 18 to 22, then how loyal is he?” said one defense lawyer who represents a senior Trump aide in Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“Is he two years loyal? Is he 10 years loyal? Is he 15 years loyal?” the attorney added. “That’s the currency. It’s not measured in inches. It’s measured in years.”
Jay Goldberg, a longtime Trump lawyer, told The Wall Street Journal that he spoke with Trump on Friday about Cohen and warned the president against trusting Cohen if he is facing criminal charges. Goldberg said he warned the president that Cohen “isn’t even a 1” on a scale of 1 to 100, where 100 was remaining fully loyal to the president, the newspaper reported.
But others in Trump’s circle believe Cohen will remain loyal to the president, pointing to Cohen’s long, well-documented history of publicly defending the president, whether in business or politics.
“I’m the guy who would take a bullet for the president,” Cohen told Vanity Fair in an interview last summer. Cohen tweeted earlier this month that he will “always protect” Trump.
Cohen is 51 years old. A long sentence would effectively mean that he could spend the rest of his life in prison. The “bullet” he promises to take for Trump, depending on the severity of the crimes he is accused of, could be fatal.
Is Cohen a man of honor and priciple? Obviously not. That’s why Trump keeps him around. I’d be very concerned myself if my future were in the hands of such a person. Especially someone with great leverage to make a deal with Mueller.
But let’s also not get too far ahead of ourselves. I am not suggesting that Trump is a crook, or that anything Cohen knows could be fatal to the president’s political standing.
But I do think that, even if he didn’t intend a crime, within the complicated world Trump operates, Trump could easily have crossed the line without understanding it, and Cohen might reveal something that turns out to be criminal.
And it’s already clear Cohen is aware of facts Trump would rather not reveal. But remember, Trump has withstood the blowback from many facts and allegations that would have killed those who are actual mortals politically.
Although, be warned, White House Dossier has obtained this exclusive video of Cohen in Mueller’s office. It’s not looking great for the president.