President Donald Trump on Saturday went on the offensive against his own former personal lawyer after it was reported that Michael Cohen secretly recorded conversations he had with Trump, something the president called “totally unheard of & perhaps illegal.”
In a tweet posted Saturday morning, Trump said it was “inconceivable” for federal investigators to search a lawyer’s office, hitting back against the FBI raid of Cohen’s office in April, when Cohen was under intense scrutiny for payments he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement.
But Trump went on to turn against his longtime personal lawyer after a New York Times report found that Cohen had secretly recorded conversations with Trump about buying the rights to a former Playboy model’s story alleging she had an affair with Trump in an effort to silence her.
“Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal,” Trump wrote, concluding the tweet with a comment sure to make the president’s opponents groan.
“The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
Trump had previously defended Cohen after he came under pressure by investigators linked to the Russia investigation, but rumors have swirled that Trump’s personal lawyer might not be so loyal.
The news that he secretly recorded conversations with Trump signals that he may be willing to cooperate with investigators to share information he knows about the president despite Trump’s protests that the information should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
And as Trump turns on his longtime lawyer, it’s clear that the pressure is mounting on the president’s allies as investigations into his associates’ business dealings progress.