For the better part of a decade, Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was not above using unsavory and outright thuggish methods to protect Trump. But recently, we’ve gotten indications that Cohen may very well be finished.
Consider what we’ve learned in the last two weeks. For most of the spring, Cohen has been the target of a federal criminal investigation by prosecutors in Manhattan. We now know that he is preparing for the prospect of indictment–and is seriously considering cooperating with the investigation.
We also know that he is sounding out lawyers who specialize in negotiating plea agreements. According to CNN, Cohen feels Trump is leaving him on an island, and has indicated a willingness to give information about Trump. Simply put, if Cohen sings, in all likelihood it will end Trump’s presidency.
The latest indication that Cohen may be finished with Trump, or is close to being finished, may have come on from, of all people, Cohen’s wife. It started on Thursday night, when Tom Arnold tweeted a picture of himself with Cohen in New York.
Cohen retweeted it, prompting NBC News to ask him for details. Cohen suggested that NBC talk to Arnold.
Hours later, Arnold called 30 Rock. He was in New York taping interviews for “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” an upcoming show he is producing with Vice in which he hunts for unflattering video about Trump. Watch the trailer here.
Arnold said that he met Cohen and his wife, Laura Shusterman, at the Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan. Apparently they discussed an interview, though a Vice producer said they were “still working it.” However, according to Arnold, Cohen could potentially have a lot to tell.
“This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything.”
Arnold then said he told Cohen, “Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together.” While an exhausted Cohen reportedly replied, “OK,” Arnold said that Shusterman chimed in, “OK, f**k Trump.”
Later on Friday, Arnold offered some clarification.
In a follow-up interview, Arnold told NBC News that Cohen feels Trump is abandoning him.
“Michael Cohen showed up and worked diligently above and beyond and sacrificed and Donald Trump is like I don’t even know who he is. You think Michael doesn’t notice that?”
Cohen himself adamantly denied discussing any interview with Arnold.
But notice what Cohen didn’t deny–Arnold’s claim that Shusterman dropped an F-bomb on Trump.
This is very telling. Remember, Cohen faces several years in prison for a litany of financial funny business–including the infamous $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Virtually the only way he can get out of this vortex is if he sings about Trump. One would think that if Shusterman is finished with Trump, Cohen won’t be as willing to go down for the Donald. Wives have a lot of power, remember.
Cohen is already finished as a lawyer in any event. The payment to Daniels alone assures that; at best, it is a gross violation of legal ethics. But if his wife is done with Trump as well, it’s very possible that Cohen may be willing to cut his losses and drop dimes on the Donald.
Fittingly, this has unfolded at the same time that Trump acted like a boor at the G-7 Summit, openly fawned over dictators while shunting aside our allies, and gave his sanction to ripping immigrant kids away from their families. Now it turns out that while all this was happening, Cohen has been at least thinking about singing–with what looks like a gentle nudge from his wife.