Geraldo Rivera does not think very highly of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, the “serial manipulator” Michael Cohen.
Rivera leveled a scorching rebuke at the “con man” after comments he made about the president and the circumstances that lead to his conviction and sentencing Wednesday to three years in prison.
“Well, I think Michael Cohen is full of crap,” Rivera said simply in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Friday, reacting to Cohen’s interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.”
“It seems to me that Michael Cohen is trying very hard to be the John Dean of the Trump White House. He wants to be the king rat, he wants to be the chief snitch who takes down Donald Trump,” he added, noting that Cohen is still a source of “real peril” for the president.
“If he is believed, then the president is on the short end of the stick in terms of the hush payments to both Karen McDougal, the ‘Playboy’ playmate and to the porn star Stormy Daniels. Michael Cohen is suggesting that Donald Trump led the negotiations and Donald Trump did it to win the election, not to save the First Lady from embarrassment,” Rivera explained.
After viewing a clip of Cohen accusing Trump of lying and violating campaign finance law, Rivera minced no words expressing his feelings.
“First of all, let me just say that Michael Cohen makes my skin crawl talking about how he is telling the truth now even though he was lying yesterday,” he said. “He is a serial manipulator and a con man.”
“Michael Cohen is the president’s worst nightmare. I thank goodness that a sitting president cannot be indicted. It is pretty clear that Michael Cohen is on a mission now to take down the president,” Rivera added.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Rivera his thoughts on whether Cohen is telling the truth or making things up in a plan to be “taking down the president.”
“It’s very difficult to tell the truth when you’re dealing with a serial liar. Is he telling the truth now, was he telling the truth three months ago or six months ago?” Rivera replied, slamming Cohen as a “malicious” and self-serving “sleezebag” who’s trying to save his own skin.
He also called out special counsel Robert Mueller, blaming him for the investigation on Russia which is “fraught with immorality,” which has created the situation.
“He is doing his best, it seems to me, in almost a malicious way, to, to hurt, not to find truth but to weasel out, get the best possible deal and hurt the president to the maximum extent,” Rivera said of Cohen who declared that he hoped to be “remembered in history as helping to bring this country back together.”
Rivera unloaded on Cohen for the “total BS.”
“You’ve got a situation where he is trying his best to not only sing a song, but to be operatic here in his expansive excuses, is why is he taking down the president? He’s doing it for history. Doing it for the nation,” Rivera said about Cohen. “That is total BS. He is doing it to save his own behind because he cheated on his taxes..He is facing serious legal jeopardy that has absolutely nothing to do with his tenure.”
Kilmeade along with his co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt ripped Cohen in the show’s second hour as they analyzed his interview with ABC News and his disloyalty to Trump.
“Michael Cohen, on his face – not much credibility. Michael Cohen with corroboration – that’ the problem,” Kilmeade said, questioning the discussions the lawyer alleged he recorded.
“What did this guy tape?” Kilmeade said. “Because…he’s got the [Trump] inauguration committee in trouble, by tapes that were ceased from his office during these raids. So you don’t know what is on tape in between. That’s why, as Ed Rollins writes today, the president needs an A-team of lawyers to match the A-team he’s facing.”
“There’s so many things that are going through all of our minds, though, when we see that interview,” Earhardt interjected. “Because that was an attorney that he hired, the president hired, that he was supposed to be able to talk to — you’re supposed to able to talk to your attorney about anything, and it’s not supposed to get out into the public. And he was recording the conversations. Now he’s being disloyal to his client, and giving these interviews, and talking about what he was confidentially discussing with his client.”
“Why is he taping everything?” an exasperated Kilmeade asked. “If he can take a bullet for him one minute, why is he taping him for years?”
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