Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Trump, really doesn’t want to have his home raided again by the FBI. That’s apparently why he heaped praise on U.S. intelligence agencies on Twitter.
“As I said to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, ‘I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process,’” Cohen tweeted on July 16. “I repudiate Russia’s effort…and call on all Americans to do the same.”
Cohen appeared to take a veiled jab at Trump, whom the media accused of “siding with Putin” when the Russian president claimed Russia did not meddle in the 2016 election. For the record, President Trump didn’t “side with” Putin; he said Putin had denied the allegations.
As I said to @ABC @GStephanopoulos, “I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process. I repudiate Russia’s effort…and call on all Americans to do the same.”
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) July 16, 2018
At their joint press conference in Helsinki on July 16, President Trump said this in response to a question about Russian meddling:
“My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin [here]; he just said it’s not Russia.
I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be. But I really do want to see the [missing DNC] server.
I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
In his tweet, Michael Cohen did not mention President Trump, but liberals praised his seemingly anti-Trump tweet in the hopes that Cohen will flip on his former boss.
Cohen is currently under investigation by New York federal prosecutors over his past business dealings, and had his home and office raided by the FBI in April 2018.
In an interview with ABC News, Cohen reiterated that he did not collude with Russia, and dismissed the unsubstantiated “Steele dossier,” which jump-started the fruitless investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.
The Steele dossier — which was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been widely dismissed because its “bombshell” claims (e.g., that Trump liked to watch women pee on a bed) are unsubstantiated. And frankly, the claims are so dumb and benign that they lack credibility.
As for President Trump’s skepticism over the collective conclusions of the U.S. intelligence agencies, keep in mind that the intel community all insisted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And that’s why the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
After $2.4 trillion wasted and 4,424 dead American soldiers, the intel communities now admit they were wrong.
P.S. – Reminder to Trump-hating media:
The most important issue between the US and Russia, by a factor of about 100x, is reducing the risk of nuclear war.
Surprised how little the media are focusing on this.
Never mind. Not surprised at all. pic.twitter.com/9F5i3MEaLp
— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) July 17, 2018
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