Trump Talks Stormy, Cohen in Bizarro Fox Interview

President Trump made a rare admission this morning about his involvement with Michael Cohen and the Stormy Daniels case.

President Trump did a live interview with “Fox and Friends” this morning in which he discussed the Stormy Daniels case and his business dealings with attorney Michael Cohen. As CNN explains, this was all very strange:

President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Thursday that his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is representing him with regards to legal matters involving Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with Trump.

On Cohen, the President both solidified his link with Cohen on the Stormy Daniels matter and distanced himself from his personal attorney, whom Trump said has overseen “a tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work. But in the process, the President may have inadvertently boosted the arguments of prosecutors who have said that communications between the two men shouldn’t be considered confidential under attorney-client privilege provisions.

“He has a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny little fraction, but Michael would represent me and represent me on some things. He represents me like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me. You know, from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong.”

The revelation, which came after Cohen asserted his Fifth Amendment rights in the matter, was just one snippet of a rambling, half-hour long phone interview on “Fox & Friends,” during which the President railed against the FBI and his own Justice Department, rehashed issues involving Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign and addressed plans for a summit with the North Korean leader.

The President appeared animated and agitated during much of the interview, which was reminiscent of his frequent phone-in interviews during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The full interview is something to behold (the Washington Post has the entire transcript available), and it could prove significant in relation to several ongoing investigations — particularly as to the validity of arguments that Cohen’s legal work with Trump should be considered off-limits to prosecutors based on the argument of “attorney-client privilege.”

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ohwilleke says:

    He just can't let Hillary Clinton go.

    Dude. The 2016 election is over. The 2018 mid-terms are around the corner. You won. Why can't you stop thinking and talking about Hillary Clinton?

  2. Davie says:

    More details from Slate:

    Old Man Yells at Country

     

    The most recent question that the hosts had asked before this started, incidentally, was “Can you give us any more information on the one-on-one that Mike Pompeo had with Kim Jong-un?” Which led into something Chuck Todd had said on Meet the Press about North Korea, and then onward to whatever.

    “People say, ‘You’re still looking good, Mr. President—how do you do it?’ ” —the president. 

  3. Zappatero says:

    When Democrats are fucking up you manage to FP some uncharacteristic stories like this to force their fuckups down the page. There are 5 DKos diaries on the rec list now covering this. What compelled you to cover it?

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