tea to spill
July 25, 2018

Michael Cohen is just getting started.

President Trump's longtime attorney and fixer is officially no longer on Team Trump, Cohen's lawyer told Axios on Wednesday. Cohen has a lot more information to release, and he apparently doesn't care whether it puts Trump in harm's way.

Cohen and his attorney on Tuesday released a tape that Cohen secretly recorded when he and Trump discussed buying the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2007. Trump's current attorney, Rudy Giuliani, immediately went on the defensive, calling the recording "open to interpretation."

But Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, told Axios that Trump should rest assured there is more damaging information to come. "Michael Cohen has made a turn," said Davis. "Michael is going to tell the truth to the powers that be, and let the chips fall where they may." Cohen was once utterly loyal to his boss, willing to do anything to fix his legal issues and keep his reputation sparkling clean, but that diehard friendship has waned. Davis said that Cohen's release of the tape sends the message that he is "no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew — taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier. ... That is over."

Cohen is apparently planning to keep the intel coming. "I'm not saying there are more tapes as telling as [this] one," said Davis, "but there are more tapes." Despite the lack of specifics, Davis insisted that the release of the tape indicated a serious switch, saying forebodingly: "There is more to come." Read more at Axios. Summer Meza

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