Michael Cohen didn’t do himself any favors by agreeing to do a televised interview before he heads off to the slammer.
The whole point of granting the interview was to try to transform his public image from a liar, a tax cheat, and a bank charlatan into Mother Teresa reincarnated. He failed. Instead, he needlessly revealed himself as a bitter, defeated man with no foreseeable future.
This would be akin to blowing all of your money on gambling, losing it all on Poker, and then declaring to all that you are finally ready to quit gambling.
From the Washington Examiner:
When you’ve admitted to years of lying, running a shady taxi medallion scheme, and other deceptions, there’s not much left to do other than go far, far away and hope the public forgets.
Cohen instead went on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to look pathetic.
“I’m angry at myself because I knew what I was doing was wrong,” he told George Stephanopoulos. “I stood up before the world yesterday, and I accepted the responsibility for my actions. The actions that I gave to a man … who I was loyal to. I should not be the only one taking responsibility for his actions.”
The “actions” he’s going on about are the two campaign finance violations that he pled guilty to, even though he probably shouldn’t have, but it doesn’t really make that much of a difference since he was looking at six other charges of tax fraud, lying to banks to fool them into giving him giant loans, and repeatedly lying to the FBI (a felony) and lying to Congress.
Cohen lied to Congress about the timeline of the business deal that fell through in Russia for Donald Trump’s organization and was given only two months in prison, to be served concurrently with the rest of the prison time he got.
Though he really gave it the old college try, there was no way Cohen was going to be able to make the whole ordeal not look bad for him.
During the interview with Clintonista host George Stephanopoulos, he said, “My family is disappointed. They’ve taught me, my mother and father, right from wrong. And I didn’t display good judgment.”
He indicated that Trump was guilty of “dirty deeds,” but he specified nothing concrete and reiterated his admiration for Trump and even the Trump company.
“The Trump Organization, it’s a microcosm of even just the New York real estate market,” he said. “What did we lie about? It’s New York real estate. Yes, it’s the greatest product ever created. Is that a lie?”
Cohen received no sympathy for the pathetic performance, and maybe the only reason he agreed to do the interview was to give himself and his family a sense of closure. Maybe that alone was enough to bear another scene of embarrassment for the president’s former personal attorney.
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