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October 11, 2018

Michael Cohen has found yet another way to stick it to President Trump.

The president's former attorney changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat in New York on Thursday, as reported by Axios and subsequently confirmed by Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis. This is just the latest instance of Cohen breaking from the man he once said he would take a bullet for, having earlier this year pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws and saying he did so at Trump's direction; Cohen said in court that he paid hush money to two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump.

The change in party is especially notable because Cohen was the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee until just four months ago. However, Cohen was a Democrat in the past; in the 2016 presidential primaries, he admitted he couldn't vote for Trump, despite being a campaign surrogate, because he was still a registered Democrat, per The Washington Post. Cohen registered as a Republican in 2017 after having run for office as a Republican in the early 2000s.

On Twitter, Cohen's attorney said that changing parties is another step on his path towards "distancing himself from the values" of the White House. Cohen is awaiting a December sentencing hearing. Brendan Morrow

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