President Donald Trump pushed back Saturday on reports Michael Cohen would “flip” on him, attacking the New York Times for “going out of their way” to try to destroy his relationship with his longtime personal attorney.
“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if…. it means lying or making up stories,” the president wrote on Twitter, apparently referencing this report. “Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”
Federal agents raided Cohen’s office and residences on April 10 as the government reportedly probes possible criminal violations in connection to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign.
“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Habberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will “flip,” the president wrote.
Haberman, a former Politico reporter, highlighted the story that seemed to have “touched a nerve.”
“One B, sir (or Dan?). Here’s the story that seems to have touched a nerve,” she wrote on Twitter, hinting at the possibility that White House social media director Dan Scavino could be behind the morning missive.
On Friday night, the president continued his broadsides against former FBI Director James Comey, who is speaking out about his relationship with the president on an ongoing book tour.
“James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council?,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act? Really, does everybody know what that means?”
On Thursday evening, Comey’s memos were released to Congress and shorty thereafter were leaked to members of the media. Portions of those documents were redacted, including for some information that was deemed classified.
The Justice Department watchdog is reportedly probing whether Comey disclosed any classified information when he leaked the contents of some of his memos to Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman. Richman told NBC News that memos he shared were not the memos that were originally classified and that that to his knowledge nothing he shared with reporters has been deemed classified.