President Donald Trump's weekend tweets defending his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen may have sent a signal to him that the president has his back in the FBI's ongoing case against him following the raid on his office and residences.
In a Vanity Fair profile on Cohen's post-FBI raid life, a source close to the attorney said they were the person who alerted Cohen to the president's tweets over the weekend that defended him while blasting the New York Times' Maggie Haberman.
In the tweets issued Saturday morning, the president singled out the Times' White House correspondent and said she and her employer "are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will 'flip.'"
Trump went on to say that praise Cohen as "a fine person with a wonderful family," defended the attorney's autonomy, and said he is unlikely to "flip" on him even if he's pressured by the government.
....non-existent “sources” and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael, a fine person with a wonderful family. M… https://t.co/dlBa5kZQId— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1524316201.0
....it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1524316201.0
The source close to Cohen told Vanity Fair that although the president and his personal attorney aren't currently speaking, communication has happened nonetheless — and that although they don't indicate a potential pardon per se, the concept isn't far off.
"He knows the president is in his corner,” the source said. “Even though they are not speaking right now, messages were sent. I don’t want to use the p-word. I don’t want to use it. I think the president was making it very clear that he is not abandoning Michael.”
Vanity Fair's report also noted that Cohen's lease to his office — presumably the one raided at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan — was terminated following the FBI's search earlier this month.