Attorney Michael Cohen chose to turn on the president he represented for years, as he pleaded guilty to eight felony counts — including campaign finance violations.
Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox speaks often to Cohen, and she told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about her conversation with the disgraced attorney shortly after he pleaded guilty in federal court.
“It was an emotional day for him,” Fox said. “I believe last night he tried to live life as normally as possible, went out to dinner with his wife.”
“I was in the courtroom yesterday, and watched him go through count by count and describe what he did wrong for each count, and he absolutely got emotional as he was describing them,” she continued. “Clearly that’s a hard thing to do, to admit to a packed courtroom full of mostly reporters, here are the eight illegal things I did, and I’m going to explain what I did and how I did them.”
Trump eventually turned on his attorney after the FBI raided his office, and Fox said Cohen eventually gave up the loyalty he has pledged to the president.
“Implicating the president in counts seven and eight was a deliberate choice, a choice he wrote out ahead of time and spoke to a courtroom filled with reporters,” Fox said. “So that, I think, tells you more about his mindset and how he feels about the president than any interview he’s done.”
“He told me almost exactly a year ago he’d take a bullet for the president,” she added. “Just a striking turn in a year. I’ve watched this whole thing go down, I’ve watched the change firsthand and it’s — yesterday was more striking than I’ve ever seen.”
‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis
On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.
"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."
NFL Commissioner Goodell apologizes for league’s indifference to players’ protests against racism
On Friday, CNN reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is acknowledging his organization turned a blind eye when his athletes took a knee to protest racism and police violence, and issued a formal apology.
"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," Goodell said in a newly released Instagram video. "It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality."
Earth Has Hottest May on Record
"This is unquestionably an alarming sign."
The Earth just experienced its hottest May on record, scientists said Friday—just a day after it was announced that atmospheric CO2 levels hit a new high.
Scientists at Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced the temperature record Friday. The agency said that globally, last month 0.63°C warmer than the 1981-2020 average for May. That tops the previous warmest May, which occurred in 2016, by 0.05°C.