Michael Cohen Ally Thinks Trump Might Have Accidentally Convinced His Fixer to Flip: Report
One of Michael Cohen's close allies believes President Donald Trump's careless phrasing may have alienated his one-time fixer and lawyer and pushed him toward cooperating with federal investigators, according to a new report from Vanity Fair.
Reporter Emily Jane Fox revealed Tuesday that Cohen has hired a new lawyer Guy Petrillo for his defense against the investigations from special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York. Petrillo will represent Cohen for what is assumed to be a forthcoming criminal indictment.
But any indictment would raise the likelihood that Cohen might flip on the president and begin cooperating with federal investigators, assuming he possesses information they would find valuable. And according to Fox's report, Trump's own words last week increased the likelihood Cohen will flip.
In what one Cohen ally described to Fox as "the dumbest thing [Trump’s] ever said," the president said last week, “I always liked Michael.”
The past tense of the statement stood out.
It implied that Trump no longer likes Cohen — that he's completely abandoned him. If Cohen thinks he can no longer count on the president, that may give him all the reason he needs to flip.