Michael Cohen sees himself as John Dean -- the man who brought down Nixon: CNN source
Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. (Image via Bryan R. Smith/AFP.)

After months of getting pounded in the media as a "thug" and a "moron," Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has been on a reputational rehabilitation tour.


First, he gave an interview in which he strongly suggested that he'd flip on Trump, stating that he valued "patriotism" and his family over loyalty to the President.

Today, Cohen once again signaled that he's willing to give the federal government information. CNN reported that Cohen sees himself as a potential John Dean, the lawyer whose testimony brought down Richard Nixon. A source told the station that Cohen wants to do "the right thing."

"Is Michael Cohen John Dean 2.0?" the CNN host asked.

"He could be, if he has incriminating information about Donald Trump and if it can be corroborated and proved—because that's what happened with John Dean," said CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

"I don't know what Michael Cohen knows. I don't know if he knows anything incriminating."

"Certainly it's a tantalizing suggestion," Toobin said.

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