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.
Dr. Fauci emotionally recounts his close relationship with the late AIDS activist Larry Kramer
Dr. Anthony Fauci has burst on to the national stage as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, but his work as a public health official extends back decades. He was a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and in an interview on PBS NewsHour on Wednesday, he offered a personal and emotional glimpse into that history.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that Larry Kramer, a famed writer and influential AIDS activist, had died at age 84. PBS host Judy Woodroof noted that Fauci and Kramer had been friends.
"In the beginning of the AIDS outbreak in the 1980s, the two of you had a pretty contentious relationship," Woodroof said. "But that changed over time."
REVEALED: An Obama-era plan to protect medical workers in a pandemic was thwarted under Trump
President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that his Democratic predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, left him ill-prepared to handle a major health crisis when, in fact, Obama’s administration left behind a comprehensive pandemic game plan that included a 69-page playbook. But Trump’s administration abandoned those Obama-era recommendations. On top of that, National Public Radio’s Brian Mann is reporting that Trump’s administration, in 2017, “stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the health care industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic such as COVID-19.”
‘Don’t be a sucker’: CNN’s Cuomo begs viewers not to let Trump’s antics distract from the horror of COVID deaths
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo warned viewers not to be taken in by President Donald Trump's distraction tactics — and instead focus on the loss of human life from the coronavirus pandemic.
"It's a sad night. I don't know any other way to put it," said Cuomo. "I don't even like that the music's playing, to be honest. It's just three months. We've lost a hundred thousand lives. Do you need band music to tell you it's something urgent?"
"We were told this pandemic would magically disappear without any real trouble. A couple dozen cases," said Cuomo. "Today, did you hear what our president, Donald John Trump, said to calm and reassure our nerves, that we will do everything we can to keep us safe as we reopen and that he will make it his life's focus because that what a president does? Did you hear him say that? Me either. Not a damn word from Trump as this country is just struggling to get our heads and our hearts, let alone our hands around processing such loss so quickly. Suddenly he is now at a loss. Not even a tweet."