Michael Cohen, lawyer to the current president of the U.S., has announced that, if called to testify, he will plead the fifth in the president’s upcoming trial over the allegedly invalid nondisclosure agreement signed by adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, more popularly known as Stormy Daniels.
The FBI recently seized documents pertaining to the $130,000 “hush-money” payment Cohen made to Clifford on the president’s behalf in the days leading up to the 2016 election.
While it has been pointed out that pleading the fifth — one’s right to protect oneself against self-incrimination — does not inherently mean that one is guilty, it does mean that Cohen will not be deposed and made to reveal sensitive information.
And, the president was upset enough by it to bring it up during his unhinged rant on his favorite show, “Fox & Friends.” So upset, in fact, that he finally admitted that Cohen actually did represent him in the Clifford case, which is a big break from his previous claims that he knew nothing about any of it.
Even without the president’s own inconsistencies when it comes to his personal involvement in and knowledge of the case, it is still interesting that he felt compelled to follow the admission with the repetition of the now age-old “no involvement” claim.
He also went on to further distance himself from his own Justice Department and continue his claims of a presidential witch-hunt.
True, he may have been upset because of Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal from his nomination to head the Veterans Affairs Department amidst claims of inappropriate conduct, but nothing about that incident should have prompted any discussion of the Justice Department, the Clifford case, or his lawyer.
And yet, it did.
Michael Avenatti, attorney to Stephanie Clifford, remarked on the rarity of a presidential lawyer pleading the fifth in affairs relating to the president.
Especially stunning, and beautifully ironic, considering the president himself heavily criticized those who plead the fifth, claiming it was a de facto admission of guilt.
“So there are five of them taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right? The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” — the 45th President of the U.S.
Of course, it’s not even remotely relevant that he himself plead the fifth 97 times in relation to adultery questions.
It’s worth noting, by the way, that the same limited liability company Cohen set up and used to pay off Clifford was also used to pay off the Playboy model impregnated and then pressured into getting an abortion by long-time Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy.
It appears that Cohen has many compelling reasons to stay quiet about his activities as a “fixer,” but sometimes simply staying silent brings the truth out all the same.
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