Just as it seemed the worst of the feud between Trump and his former attorney and longtime fixer Michael Cohen had died down, the president took to Twitter and reignited their acrimonious war of words. Cohen — who was once one of if not the most trusted of Donald Trump’s associates — has concluded his long week of testimony against his former boss and clearly the president is furious.
Trump took to Twitter today and went straight for the jugular, calling Cohen a “bad lawyer” and “fraudster.” As has been the case throughout this entire sordid mess, Trump sidestepped explaining why — if Cohen is really as bad as he claims — he ever worked with the man in the first place. He repeatedly accused Cohen of lying in the weird, rhetorical way that only a man as unhinged as Trump can.
Trump claimed that Cohen committed perjury by testifying under oath that he never asked for a presidential pardon. As always, it’s impossible to know if Trump is telling the truth or if this is just another one of his countless lies, but assuming it is true, it means he’s kept this information to himself for far too long and had some kind of discussion about pardons, despite the fact that his attorney Rudy Giuliani has denied that any such conversations took place.
Regardless of whether he intended to or not, Trump has once again raised questions around the possibility that he and his associates were engaged in backroom discussions about using the president’s pardon power to disrupt the investigations into his team. It makes him look just as bad as Cohen.
The president also threw out a tepid insinuation that Cohen has turned on him simply because he didn’t get a White House job, which is an unconvincing claim that he and his inner circle have been lobbing since they first started trying to discredit the attorney. Frankly, there is no reason to believe anything in Trump’s tweet and the main takeaway is that he is deeply upset with Cohen, which leads one to believe there is truth to his damning testimony…
Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019