MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch hasn’t been shy about his support for friend Michael Cohen, but a reporter who is also close to the longtime Trump Organization attorney called him out.
The “Morning Joe” contributor and Vanity Fair reporter Emily Jane Fox, who each speak frequently with Cohen, reacted to the 36-month sentenced imposed on President Donald Trump’s “fixer” for breaking campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress.
“Emily, you spent a lot of time with Michael, you were in the courthouse yesterday,” Deutsch said. “You described the courthouse to me yesterday almost as a funeral. Take us inside there, his family was there. It was kind of the end of a tragedy.”
Fox quickly threw cold water on his suggestion.
“I don’t know if I would call it a tragedy,” she said. “This is what happens when people break the law.”
Fox agreed the sentence, which came as part of a cooperation agreement with the special counsel and federal prosecutors, was a personal tragedy for the 52-year-old Cohen and his family — which she said could eventually play out for Trump and his children.
“This human toll may play out with the president’s own children in three ways,” Fox said. “So you had Cohen being convicted on lying to Congress. We know Don Jr. has testified to Congress, and there have been reports that perhaps he was less than truthful in that testimony.”
“You also have the campaign finance stuff,” she continued, “which I know from my reporting, the president brought in Eric Trump earlier this year to deal with some of the handling of the civil suits surrounding Stormy Daniels, so you have him potentially wrapped up in that, and then you have Ivanka Trump, who received this email from a Russian wrestler’s wife saying, ‘Hey, we would love to hook you up with Putin to talk about Trump Tower Moscow,’ and she forwarded that to Michael Cohen.”
“So all of these things are related to Michael Cohen’s case and related to President Trump,” Fox added.