When President Donald Trump recorded that Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney and notorious "fixer", had published a secret record of the two, he did what he usually does in situations like this: cursing and grumbling loudly.
Two sources that talked to Trump about Cohen this week said the president was furious with "strong language" after CNN revealed that Cohen had secretly recorded at least one of their conversations. On Tuesday, the cable network Audio, provided by Cohen's lawyer, released from Trump and his former fixer, who reported on the acquisition of rights to playboy [1
American Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of National Enquirer owns the rights to the story. And David Pecker, a longtime Trump ally, drove AMI. But according to a source familiar with the Trump Cohen conversation, Pecker Trump had said he was considering leaving AMI, which raised fears in Trumpland that a new leader of the company might release McDougal's story. Such fears prompted Trump and Cohen to buy the rights to the story itself after the source. Finally, Pecker stayed with AMI and Trump decided not to buy the story rights.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, told The Daily Beast he had "no idea" of the discussion between Trump and Pecker. An AMI spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.
After the call surfaced, the President conveyed to those who were close to him that he felt betrayed by Cohen. He was particularly annoyed at being recorded secretly, and that the sound had found its way to CNN, a frequent target of Trump's tweets. Trump also aroused his frustration that there are obviously other bands, and that he does not know exactly what might be on them or when they will fall into the press.
On Thursday night, this next shoe fell just it was not in the form of an audio recording. CNN reported (again) that Cohen was ready to confirm that Trump had lied when he claimed that he had no prior knowledge of the infamous election battle meeting that his eldest son had organized with Russians at the Trump Tower.
Giuliani denied CNN the last allegation and called Cohen a chronic liar. But the episode will likely further upset the president, who has been simmering for days about the Cohen affair.
In his last two tweets about his former lawyer, Trump declined to write "Michael" or "Cohen," as he did in other tweets about him this year. The light is not random, according to several people who know Trump for years. The president, they say, will often stop using people's names when he's convinced that they're gymnastic caps, or when he suddenly finds them big enough, "losers" who are not worth the attention.
"They are dead to each other [now]," said another source near the president, who also knows Cohen.
Trump allies are already playing, as Coordinates in the words of an outside advisor to the president, "Buried," Cohen.
A Cohen ally wiped off the upcoming attacks and called Giuliani and his co-workers "the gang that can not shoot directly".
Cohen reached The Daily Beast for his lawyer Lanny Davis. Davis said Cohen was not worried about any upcoming attacks by the president's allies and surrogates. "If you have the truth by your side, you're not afraid of anything," he said. "So, what are you afraid of ?"
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"When Michael Cohen came to me, I asked him for two weeks what he had done for Mr. Trump in the past and what he wanted to do in the future, Davis continued." I have decided to take it After hearing the answers to these two questions and listening and watching what he wanted to say to George Stephanopoulos on television, That's where I made my decision. He pressed the reset button, he made a move – to be alone and tell the truth. "
Several of Cohen's co-workers have told The Daily Beast that Cohen – who has publicly branded himself the ultimate Trump loyalist for years – decided to release elements of his relationship with Trump as soon as he realized that his loyalty would not be reciprocated
Many were surprised it took so long to realize this.The president overtook Cohen for a plum administration appearance – Cohen had told friends he was going to be tapped as chief of staff of the White House – and showed the nasty habit, Cohen
Two sources with direct knowledge of Trump's and Cohen's relationship over the years tell The Daily Beast that during the presidential run in 2016, Cohen often traveled to rooms in the Trump Tower, where the GOP leader and his senior advisers met on political strategies and other campaign-related issues According to sources, Cohen would try to intervene, just to tell Trump to go and that they would talk later. "Out, Michael," Trump ordered in a certain moment of anger.
Cohen remained a committed Trump ally. But in the months after the FBI entered his office, he felt abandoned by the president. The feeling that he might be left as a potential case guy finally convinced him to go on the offensive.
Cohen has told his colleagues that he believes his last steps will not go back and he expects that he will be ready for the rest of his life with the president.
"He has … his peace with the loss of his friend," judged Cohen's friend.
It was a shattering reversal for someone who had said in April that he would "rather jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump." At the time, a senior White House official joked, "How big is the building? " – a widespread notion of Cohen as a petitioner whose utility was not entirely obvious. Now, the words that are often used to describe the former Trump lawyer are "snitch," "weakling," and "traitors," with Trump allies saying that it will not be hard to cohen as hypocrites, opportunists, or Cohen has certainly given food to his enemies. After Trump's election, he tried to make a financial kill by a secret "shadow lobby". When these efforts exploded spectacularly with the publication of private customer lists, Cohen found himself in further trouble with federal researchers. These customers could now get even more embarrassing headlines.
"You do not have to worry too much that some of Michael Cohen's other clients will be very, very angry when they find out they may be on tape," said a source that was familiar with his track record.
But not everyone in Trump's orbit thinks it's a smart idea to go to war. Former Republican Jack Kingston (R-GA), a prominent Trump substitute and a friend of Cohen, told The Daily Beast that he "apologized" for the former Trump hand.
"It would seem to me, if I'm [White House chief of staff John] Kelly, I would say to the President," Do not talk to Michael Cohen, that's not in your interest, "added Kingston." But me would someone else let Michael Cohen speak … so he would not feel he was standing on a branch and that the limb was sawn off. "