Michael Avenatti sets the stakes for Trump: 'All the tweets in the world aren't going to save him if Cohen flips'
Nicolle Wallace and Michael Avenatti/Svcreenshot

Why did Donald Trump freak out about the New York Times Maggie Haberman's report on how poorly he treated personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen?

It's because he knows that Cohen, who once bragged that he'd "take a bullet" for Trump, could bring him down.

Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti was back on Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show Tuesday, talking about Cohen, Trump and Haberman.

Why is this subject such a trigger for Trump?

"He's trying top put the genie in the bottle, the horse back in the barn, whatever term you want to use," Avenatti said. "The president realizes he's got potential liability, that Michael Cohen is the key, and he's doing everything in his power to shore up that relationship, to try to send a message to Michael Cohen's that he's got his back."

He didn't stop there. Watch the segment below.