Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is privately questioning the President’s “fitness” for the job.
A source close to Cohen tells The Hill: “It’s one thing for him [Cohen] to be concerned about his suitability to be president… It’s quite another thing to be concerned about his [Trump’s] loyalty to his country.”
On Monday, Cohen responded to Trump’s Helsinki summit with a straightforward message for the President.
“As I said to @ABC @GStephanopoulos, I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process. I repudiate Russia’s effort…and call on all Americans to do the same.”
The source close to Cohen says that message was meant to send a clear message about the President’s fitness for the job.
Shortly after the tape was released, Donald Trump tweeted that “Your favorite President” did nothing wrong.
Since news of the secretly recorded conversations broke, Trump has attempted to claim that recording their conversations was illegal. New York law disagrees, allowing one party to a conversation to tape it without the other knowing. Trump appears to be receiving a dose of his own medicine, having been known for years to record his conversations without permission.
So far, Cohen has not denied that he made the comments to friends and told The Hill that he “cannot comment about someone’s innuendo.”
It has been a whirlwind week for Cohen. After announcing that he taped conversations with Donald Trump, attorney Michael Avenatti said he met with Cohen and would be willing to represent Trump’s former attorney if he was willing to “turn states evidence.”
Donald Trump’s fitness as POTUS has been questioned by numerous people and now his former closest allies are backing up those claims.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.