Reporter With Access to Michael Cohen Lays Out His Next Line of Attack: No One 'In Trump World' is Sleeping 'Soundly'

Donald Trump’s former attorney and longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen feels like he’s been “hung out to dry,” Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox noted during a Tuesday morning MSNBC appearance — and he’s using what he knows to hit back at the president and his family.

“For ten years Michael Cohen had a window into everything that happened within the Trump organization,” the reporter whose access to the attorney has led to a series on his tumultuous relationship with Trump told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. “He had a window into what the president was doing in some of his business dealings, what the children were doing in their business dealings. This is a man who knows a lot and a man who feels he’s been hung out to try.”

Fox told the assembled panel that she began speaking to Cohen almost exactly a year ago, and in that time, he went from considering the Trumps to be as close as family to believing they are strategizing to discredit him as a means of “distraction” from the Russia probe.

Cohen, the reporter said, has dubbed the tactic the “D” strategy — discredit, distance and deflect. He believes that along with the president, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who he once considered a brother, are all working to undermine him. As she noted in her most recent Vanity Fair report, however, the fixer has no intention to “roll over and die.”

“What Michael Cohen may know,” Fox said, “I don’t think it’s making anyone in Trump world sleep soundly.”

Watch below, via MSNBC:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.