Republican strategist Rick Wilson gloated over the FBI raid of attorney Michael Cohen’s office after President Donald Trump insisted he knew nothing about a hush money payout to a porn actress.
In a scathing column for The Daily Beast, the GOP consultant said Cohen wasn’t so much an attorney as a “bag-walking, dick-swinging swagger-monkey wannabe thug attorney and consigliere for Donald Trump’s far-flung penile enterprises.”
Wilson said Cohen believed attorney-client privilege would protect him from consequences in the Stormy Daniels case, but “he forgot he had a fool for a client. Trump couldn’t shut his mouth on Air Force One last week.”
The president blurted out to reporters Thursday that he knew nothing about the non-disclosure agreement, which strengthens claims by the porn star’s attorney that Daniels entered into the hush agreement with Trump under false pretenses — and opened up Cohen to potential charges.
“If Cohen had a lump of coal in his ass the moment those search warrants arrived, he could have popped out a diamond,” Wilson said. “He realizes how deep this hole can become if he doesn’t roll over. He doesn’t have the resources to defend himself, and Trump isn’t exactly known for paying his bills in the first place. Cohen is scared, and he’s not alone.”
Wilson said the raid must “strike absolute terror” into Trump because it could expose his most closely held secrets to public scrutiny.
“Trump must know this may be one of the most dangerous moments in his entire life, not just his presidency,” Wilson said. “The likelihood is that Mueller and the FBI are now in possession of the Black Books of Trump, NDAs from enough of Trump’s various affairs, that you can staff a 12-pole strip club with plenty of girls left for the champagne rooms.”
“It’s only speculation at this point, but it’s quite likely the Cohen was the keeper of many of Trump’s lending documents, contracts, business arrangements, and the Kryptonite of Trump’s fragile self-worth: the long-sought tax returns,” he added.
Wilson said neither man should be surprised to find themselves in the position they now face.
“Cohen was one of Trump’s most vulnerable and dangerous keepers of secrets,” he said. “If Trump had a brain, he would have been terrified this moment would come. Cohen simply lived in a state of idiot hubris that it wouldn’t.”