Deutsch, who is from New York, has been friends with Cohen for many years. He has also known Donald Trump for many years, and knows very well about his propensity for lying.
According to Deutsch, the president’s social media attack from Vietnam, where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was extremely dishonest.
Here is what the president tweeted this morning about the man who was his personal lawyer and “fixer” for over a decade:
“Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”
Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2019
And here is the response from Deutsch:
“Let’s go back to the tweet, two stunning lies. First of all, he cannot reduce his sentence. If anything, he can hurt himself. Telling the truth does not reduce his jail time — if he lies, he perjures himself and will get more jail time.”
“But the big lie in there was he was one of the many lawyers,” Deutsch continued. “I’ve known Michael for a decade, most of the time he was there, and Trump for 20 years. He was his body man, he was an additional child. The dynamic of the relationship, it’s not what a lawyer does.”
“When the birther movement first came out,” he added, “I went on air challenging Trump, calling him racist, Michael Cohen called (and said), ‘The boss is really hurt, can you get on the phone and kind of make up? He thinks you’re his friend.’ It’s very personal, he knew everything.”
“So he wouldn’t be in this kind of trouble right now had he not been in this level of personal (relationship). So that’s an out-and-out lie. He was his personal lawyer, he was his body man, his consigliere, his other child — period, fact.”
Donald Trump Cannot Change the Truth About His Past Relationship With Michael Cohen
From 2006 until 2018 Michael Cohen was the only attorney employed by the Trump Organization. He was involved in everything Donald Trump did for that 12 year period, personally, financially and legally. He was Trump’s “fixer” and confidant as well as the only company lawyer he had. For Donald Trump to pretend that Cohen was “one of many lawyers” is a provable lie, and one that nobody will actually believe.
Donald Trump may be in Hanoi, meeting with the brutal dictator of North Korea, but his mind clearly is in Washington. And all through the day and night there will be only one thing he is thinking about: how Michael Cohen is destroying his life by telling all he knows on live television, and before Congress.
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