President Donald Trump turned on his former attorney Michael Cohen on Wednesday, bashing newly released audio tapes secretly recorded by Cohen and calling out others who he says may have been taped.
“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?” Trump asked in a tweet on Wednesday morning. “So sad!”
The president also suggested the recording was cut before he went on to say “positive things,” and he added that there may be recordings of “other clients and many reporters” although it’s unclear who he’s referring to.
What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018
The stark shift in the president’s attitude toward his longtime lawyer came after CNN aired one of the recordings Tuesday night, in which then-candidate Trump and Cohen seem to be discussing payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal who alleges she had an affair with Trump.
Trump has previously defended Cohen against rumors that he would flip on his former client by cooperating with investigators and sharing information about Trump’s business dealings.
“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if … it means lying or making up stories,” the president wrote on Twitter in April. “Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”
But with the revelation that Cohen secretly recorded conversations with Trump, the president has quickly turned to criticize his former lawyer and questioning the legality of the tapes.
Cohen is currently under federal investigation but he has not been charged with any crimes.