Michael Cohen Declares "Independence" From Trump According To Clinton-Pal Attorney

Michael Cohen's new attorney said that Cohen, previously known as Donald Trump's "fixer," declared "independence" during a July 2 interview with George Stephanopoulos when he said he would not be a "punching bag" for Trump's defense strategy.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” Cohen told Stephanopoulos. “I am not a villain in any story and won’t allow others to try and depict me in that way.”

Lanny Davis - Cohen's attorney and longtime friend of the Clintons, made the comment during an interview with The Hill's Rising which aired Wednesday. 

"There's a reason that he said at the very end of the interview with Mr. Stephanopoulos that he took these contrary positions to Mr. Trump, who he previously said he would take a bullet for, a comment that I believe he would not say today," Davis said, adding "The reason he said is, 'I will not be a punching bag as part of somebody else's defense strategy.’ This was a declaration of independence two days before July 4."

Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump had directed him to make that $130K hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen previously claimed he paid the cash out of own pocket without direction from Trump or any promise of reimbursement. This time Cohen answered, “I want to answer. One day I will answer. But for now I can’t comment further on advice of my counsel.”

“A very, very big signal,” Stephanopoulos translated this morning on GMA. 

Similarly, Cohen signaled he would have something to say in “official form” about whether President Trump knew in advance of that Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and a Russian attorney with entourage, the latter team allegedly promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump has insisted he was not aware of the meeting. -Deadline Hollywood

Davis then rattled off a list of reasons why Cohen and Trump are nowhere near agreement on various official government positions.

He [Cohen] mentioned the FBI and said he respected the FBI as an institution, and actually thanked them even though they raided his offices. Donald Trump has said the opposite. 

He then said he believes the intelligence community's assessment unanimously that Russia meddled in the election, and then he went on to say anyone that believes Mr. Putin can't sustain that position. Exactly the opposite from Mr. Trump. 

Then he said that he does not understand that Trump tower meeting, he thought it was a dumb decision - something that Mr. Trump wouldn't necessarily like to hear. -Lanny Davis

When asked to opine on the FBI's conduct during the 2016 election and whether he thought there was any criminal behavior described in the Inspector General's report, Davis said he saw no criminal behavior by any of the subjects of the report, and that former FBI Director James Comey's "terrible judgement" cost Hillary the election. 

I think Mr. Comey showed such poor judgement because of the narcissistic view that whatever he decides is right must be right. He gets to violate justice department rules going back 50 years to speak within 11 days of an election. That's a violation. He gets to hold a press conference offering his opinion on criminal investigatory evidence. That's in violation. He should have been fired right after that July 5th press conference. And I hold the Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates responsible for not having the courage to enforce Justice Department policy. 

On the prospect of Hillary Clinton running in 2020, Davis said: 

no idea, she's a longtime friend of mine and I love her as a friend. After about 47 years from when we first met - she's a great human being, and for her sake and her family's sake - she has so much to give in public service I hope she doesn't put herself through it again. 

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alexcojones Pollygotacracker Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:03 Permalink

I nearly cried when I read this 

   "(Hillary) is a longtime friend of mine and I love her as a friend. After about 47 years from when we first met - she's a great human being, and for her sake and her family's sake - she has so much to give in public service I hope she doesn't put herself through it again."

  Sniff sniff- Sarc - reptiles vouching for witches

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Scipio Africanuz Pollygotacracker Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:21 Permalink

Cohen is a free agent, all this hemming and hawing seems like extortion and blackmail to me. If he wants to say something, he should go ahead and say it, if he wants to misrepresent stuff, he should go ahead, and Benedict Arnold. Other than that, he should be patient, and trust his boss, he's not forgotten, unfortunately, Trump is in the midst of a winner take all war. If Michael Cohen can't understand that, and semper fi, then what's the point?

All these hints, and couched threats are meaningless, they simply potray him as a weakling.

As for those plotting to down President Donald J. Trump, prepare yourselves for the wrath of the "base". Enough is enough, the AMERICAN REPUBLIC WILL BE RESTORED! THE BIMETALLIC AMERICAN REPUBLIC!

America will be Honorable again, like it, or not!...

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LaugherNYC Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:49 Permalink

Just imagine a world in which the Democrat nominee didn't have a "private email server" scandal hiding who knows what, there weren't 30,000+ "missing emails" and the DNC wasn't cheating one candidate out of money, and giving their favorite debate questions ahead of time. A world in which WIKI woulda had nothing to LEAK!

Hillary was a liar and a cheater and so was the DNC. Iƒ they'd had nothing to hide, there would have been nothing to leak.

So, what? The exposer of the crime is worse than the criminal now?

If the leaks had come from an internal whistleblower, and had been seen without redaction or God knows how many erasures, would Hillary have been fried for her crimes then? Or does yelling "The Russians Did It!" make your crimes go away??

DingleBarryObummer Ajax-1 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:14 Permalink

Look at his son-in-law and his best buddy netanyahoo.  Trump is a manifestation of the masters accommodating us a little, because we are so pissed.  They try and keep the quality of life just above the point where we will discontinue being good tax donkeys.  Trump is acting as an intermediary/negotiator between us (the goy) and the cabal.  So far I think he's doing a good job, but I hope this civil war thing is not part of (((their))) plan.  If this country has a civil war, it should be fought to dislodge and shutter the central bank and corrupt/fraudulent investment banks, period then end.

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RubberJohnny Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:53 Permalink

Nail his balls to the wall Mike.

Where's my health care?

Need a new fucking rail gun, carrier or Space Force and it's a rubber-stamped no-fucking-problem-process.

Trump is fucking us.

J Mahoney Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:57 Permalink

If anything, Cohen will feed Lanny bad info and then Trumps supportive intel will catch him telling the stuff told under the attorney client privilege and make him loose his law license and get humiliated in public.

Quinvarius Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

LOL. They took his Hillary comments out of context, or tried to anyway. Clearly, those are not pro-Clinton comments. And further, who gives a crap if Trump knew about a legal meeting with Lawyer or not? It isn't a crime and never was. This lawyer is putting words in is client's mouth in this interview for some personal reasons as well.  He is really running with and twisting some innocuous comments.

This is just more fake news.  Consider the source.

Chief Joesph Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:04 Permalink

Who gives a crap about attorneys or what they say? They are much apart of the circus as the defendants and the accusers.  They are parasites anyway. 

MuffDiver69 Wed, 07/11/2018 - 18:58 Permalink

Nothing Lanny Davis is talking about is a crime...What is a crime is how Cohen handled his business and money if not by the book...Cohen is looking at hard time and what whores he paid off for Trump is irrelevant, so is someone lying outside a court of law...

tangent Wed, 07/11/2018 - 20:12 Permalink

"Cohen previously claimed he paid the cash out of own pocket without direction from Trump or any promise of reimbursement."

End of story. Moving on.