Michael Cohen is the most serious threat against President Donald Trump right now, according to political consultant Rick Wilson.
“A lot of the things that Trump’s business enterprise is involved in are things that Cohen has a hand in,” explained Wilson, adding that the president's personal lawyer is involved in everything from adult film star Stormy Daniels to Trump’s business dealings around the world, including in Russia.
He “is the nexus of all these things,” said Wilson. “This guy is the Rosetta Stone of sleaze for this organization.”
Being the bridge that connects many of Trump’s controversies could end up forcing Cohen to flip on his long-time client, explained Wilson.
“You’re going to see this guy having to really consider if he’s willing to go to prison for Donald Trump and spend hard time behind bars,” said Wilson. “He’s a guy in a really tight situation right now.”
Cohen paid off two women, including Daniels, to keep them silent about their alleged sexual encounters with the president. The infamous Steele dossier, which alleges collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign team, also names Cohen as taking part in a secret meeting in Prague in 2016.
The FBI is looking into all of those dealings, seizing files from Cohen's office, hotel room, and apartment earlier this month. Defense lawyers, arguing those documents are protected by attorney-client privilege, lost a battle this week to get access to them before prosecutors, though exactly how they'll be reviewed remains a question.
But the big revelation from Monday's hearing in New York was that Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of Cohen's clients.
“What else could this drama devolve into?” asked Wilson. “In a Hollywood screenplay, this would have been considered too over the top.”
In his broadcast Monday night, Hannity distanced himself from Cohen, saying their only dealings were over real estate. On Tuesday Fox issued a statement saying executives were surprised to learn of the relationship between the anchor and Cohen, but that Hannity, "continues to have our full support."
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