Fear seems to be setting in as Trump threw a Twitter-Tantrum Saturday morning in the wake of reports that Michael Cohen is going to flip.
The news is rife with reports of panic consuming the White House in the wake of the April 9th FBI raid on the office, home. and hotel room of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Trump’s former lawyer Jay Goldberg spoke with Trump on the phone last Friday, warning him that Cohen would cooperate with federal prosecutors if confronted by criminal charges.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, would turn against the president and cooperate with federal prosecutors if faced with criminal charges.
Continuing they added:
Mr. Goldberg said he cautioned the president not to trust Mr. Cohen. On a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 is fully protecting the president, Mr. Cohen “isn’t even a 1,” he said he told Mr. Trump…. In the call, Mr. Goldberg [-] said he told the president Mr. Cohen could even agree to wear a wire and try to record conversations with Mr. Trump. “You have to be alert,” Mr. Goldberg said he told the president. “I don’t care what Michael says.”
On Friday, Maggie Haberman co-wrote an article for The New York Times titled: “Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore.”
The article not only discussed the possibility of Cohen flipping on Trump, it also detailed Trump’s contentious relationship with him.
“For years, a joke among Trump Tower employees was that the boss was like Manhattan’s First Avenue, where the traffic goes only one way,” the article began.
That one-sidedness has always been at the heart of President Trump’s relationship with his longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, who has said he would “take a bullet” for Mr. Trump. For years Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship.
“Donald goes out of his way to treat him like garbage,” said Roger J. Stone Jr., Mr. Trump’s informal and longest-serving political adviser, who, along with Mr. Cohen, was one of five people originally surrounding the president when he was considering a presidential campaign before 2016.
In a fit of apparent fear-induced rage, Trump headed to Twitter first thing Saturday morning to toss another of his infamous Twitter-tantrums.
The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, 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.” They use non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected. Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!
The interesting thing is that Trump has a long-standing professional relationship with Haberman – and one he can’t seem to quit.
As Vanity Fair reported last year:
No one embodies the surreal, codependent, often abusive relationship between the media and Donald Trump as much as Maggie Haberman, the most prominent White House correspondent for the publication Trump likes to call “The Failing New York Times.” Much as he professes to despise the Times—“total fiction,” he’s called it—he can’t quit Haberman. He returns her calls, gives her exclusives. “He wouldn’t talk to me as much as he does if I wasn’t at the Times,” Haberman said on a podcast recently. “That’s just the reality. He craves the paper’s approval.”