NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and his former private lawyer, Michael Cohen, have each used Twitter to spar with enemies over the past decade. Cohen, 52, is because of report back to federal jail in New York state on Monday to start serving a three-year sentence for crimes together with unlawful hush funds to girls on Trump’s behalf.
The 2 males’s Twitter histories hint the deterioration of their relationship, from pledges of loyalty and admiration to open hostility, over the past 12 months because the felony case towards Cohen unfolded.
“Good article: ‘What Occurred to American Males’ from @Newsmax by Michael Cohen” – Trump on Aug. 1, 2012, selling an article Cohen wrote endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“Did my obligation, stood on a 2 plus hour line and voted for @realDonaldTrump! #MAGA #TrumpPence16” -Cohen on Nov. eight, 2016 – Election Day – captioning a photograph of himself.
“Thanks @nytimes for entrance web page profile and utilizing good photos of me. I’ll all the time proudly and fiercely defend my boss, pal and our @POTUS @realDonaldTrump towards those that elevate false accusations towards him and the household. #PresidentsDay2018” – Cohen on Feb. 19, 2018, linking to a New York Occasions profile describing him as Trump’s “fixer” and “loyal defender.”
“I’ll all the time shield our @POTUS @realDonaldTrump #MAGA” – Cohen on April eight, 2018, the day earlier than authorities raided his workplace and lodge room.
“The New York Occasions and a 3rd charge reporter named Maggie Haberman, generally known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don’t converse to and don’t have anything to do with, are going out of their technique to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me within the hope that he’ll ‘flip.’ They use non-existent ‘sources’ and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a high-quality individual with a beautiful household.”
“Michael is a businessman for his personal account/lawyer who I’ve all the time appreciated & revered. Most individuals will flip if the Authorities lets them out of bother, even when it means mendacity or making up tales.”
“Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that regardless of the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!” – Trump on April 21, 2018, in a collection of three tweets posted the day after the New York Occasions revealed an article in regards to the “sturdy risk” that Cohen would cooperate with prosecutors.
“If anybody is in search of a very good lawyer, I’d strongly recommend that you simply don’t retain the providers of Michael Cohen!” – Trump on Aug. 22, 2018, the day after Cohen pleaded responsible to marketing campaign finance crimes implicating Trump.
“I really feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his fantastic household. ‘Justice’ took a 12 12 months previous tax case, amongst different issues, utilized great strain on him and, in contrast to Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up tales with a view to get a ‘deal.’ Such respect for a courageous man! – Trump, the identical day, contrasting Cohen together with his former marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who had not but pleaded responsible to federal prices.
“These prices had been simply agreed to by him with a view to embarrass the president and get a a lot lowered jail sentence, which he did-including the truth that his household was briefly let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has nice legal responsibility to me!” – Trump on Dec. 13, 2018, the day after Cohen was sentenced.
“As for the @WSJ article on ballot rigging, what I did was on the path of and for the only real advantage of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I really remorse my blind loyalty to a person who doesn’t deserve it.” – Michael Cohen on Jan. 17, the day the Wall Road Journal reported that Cohen employed a know-how agency to rig early polls within the Republican nominating contest to favor Trump.
“Dangerous lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen mentioned beneath sworn testimony that he by no means requested for a Pardon. His attorneys completely contradicted him. He lied! Moreover, he straight requested me for a pardon. I mentioned NO. He lied once more! He additionally badly needed to work on the White Home. He lied!” – Trump on March eight, the day after stories that Cohen had sought a pardon after he was raided.
“Simply one other set of lies by @POTUS @realdonaldtrump. Mr. President…let me remind you that right now is #InternationalWomensDay. You might have considered trying use right now to apologize in your personal #lies and #DirtyDeeds to girls like Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford.” – Cohen, half an hour later, referring to the 2 girls he mentioned he paid off at Trump’s path.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and Jonathan Oatis
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