Donald Trump defends lawyer Michael Cohen, says he won't 'flip'


Trump appeared to be angered by a front-page Times story Saturday that examined his relationship with Cohen, whose office was raided by federal authorities last week.

The raid has led to speculation, outlined in the Times' report, that Cohen could "flip" and cooperate with Mueller in his investigation into Russian elections meddling and any possible links with Trump associates. Until the investigation moves further along, it's unknown what Cohen will do.

The story suggested Cohen, who has said he paid off adult-film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election to keep quiet her story of an affair with Trump years earlier, could decide to cooperate in the investigation if he faces criminal charges.

Mr. Trump often assails news businesses studies he sees as unfavorable.

In a series of tweets peppered with insults against the Times" White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, and her sourcing, Trump wrote that she and the newspaper "are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will "flip.' They use.non-existent "sources" and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family". He didn't substantiate those claims.


President Trump said, while most people will flip if the government offers them a deal, but he doesn't see his lawyer doing that, despite the frightful witch hunt and the dishonest media. Trump later corrected the misspelling of Haberman's name.

Haberman reports on the White House for the Times and has covered Trump since his days a businessman in NY.

After that, a colleague of Haberman's tweeted out a photo of Haberman and Mr. Trump smiling in the Oval Office. "I truly believe this is the Achilles' heel of the president", Avenatti said about the president and his personal lawyer. In January, the Committee to Protect Journalists listed Mr. Trump among global oppressors of a free press. Bush. The president chose not to go to the Houston service, but first lady Melania Trump attended.

Cohen's attorneys have accused Daniels of violating the confidentiality clauses more than 20 times and said she could be liable for $1 million in damages for each violation. The Cohen raid was reportedly the result of a referral to NY authorities by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Trump aides and Moscow. Cohen has said he drew on a home-equity loan to make the payment without Trump's knowledge and that he wasn't reimbursed.

Avenatti predicted the president would show up to court, but argued that it might not matter since he thinks Cohen will end up telling the court everything he knows about the president. "This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit".

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