Geraldo Rips 'King Rat' Cohen After He Flips on Trump in ABC Interview
Former Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen was recently sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a number of criminal charges, including tax evasion and lying to banks as well as Congress, crimes entirely unrelated to his prior working relationship with then-businessman Donald Trump.
He was also charged with dubious alleged campaign finance violations — which are related to then-candidate Trump — over “hush money” payments to two women seeking to sell their stories of alleged affairs with Trump to the media.
Cohen sat down for an interview with ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos that aired Friday morning and launched a plethora of attacks against his former boss, calling Trump a liar to whom he’d no longer be loyal while suggesting that the president also needed to be held accountable for his alleged crimes.
The Cohen interview was up for discussion on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning as well, and Fox contributor Geraldo Rivera unloaded on the “sleazebag” lawyer who was a dishonest “rat” that was trying to “take down the president.”
The Fox News co-hosts played the first of three clips from the Cohen interview — in which Cohen said he should be believed despite his history of lying — and Rivera replied, “Well, I think Michael Cohen is full of crap, to tell you the truth. You know, he got some favorable grades from the special counsel in terms of his veracity, but you’ll recall that the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York were extremely unsatisfied with the truthfulness of Michael Cohen’s responses.”
Referencing a major player in the Watergate scandal, Rivera said, “It seems to me that Michael Cohen is trying very hard to be the John Dean of the Trump White House. He wants to be the king rat, he wants to be the chief snitch who takes down Donald Trump.”
He further noted that he did think Cohen represented a “real peril, a real jeopardy” for the president, if Cohen’s side of the story regarding the hush money payments were to be widely believed.
The second clip from the interview was played — in which Cohen “accepted responsibility” for his dishonest actions but demanded Trump be held responsible for being a liar as well — to which Rivera replied, “First of all, let me just say that Michael Cohen makes my skin crawl, talking about how he’s telling the truth now when he was lying yesterday.”
“The fact of the matter is that he was lying in terms of his taxi medallion business and these other businesses that he obviously didn’t pay income tax on and so forth. He’s a serial manipulator and a con man,” he continued.
After glossing over the disputed details over whether the hush money payments constituted campaign finance violations, Rivera said, “I think that Michael Cohen is the president’s worst nightmare, and I thank goodness that a sitting president cannot be indicted. You know, it is pretty clear that Michael Cohen is on a mission now to take down the president.”
Asked if Cohen was making things up or telling the truth to take down Trump, Geraldo replied, “Well, I don’t know. I don’t know what the truth is. It’s very difficult to tell what the truth is when you’re dealing with a serial liar. Is he telling the truth now, was he telling the truth three months ago or six months ago?”
He said, “What I find fascinating and deeply disturbing in all of this is that there is the likelihood that the president’s most grievous peril has absolutely nothing to do with why are we here. We are here because of alleged collusion with Russia to subvert the election. Where is the collusion, where is Russia?
“If not for Russian collusion, you never would have had Robert Mueller, you never would have had this situation. It just shows why these special counsels are so fraught with immorality, in a sense. They get impaneled for one thing and they’re going after something entirely different.”
The third clip from Cohen’s interview was then played — during which Cohen insinuated that he’d be remembered as a hero for bringing the country back together after taking down Trump — but with a shake of his head, Rivera said, “I think that he is revealed as a self-serving rat. He will do or say anything,” and every word out of his mouth should be questioned.
The Fox contributor added that Cohen was “operatic” in singing out his excuses for why he was trying to take down the president — such as saving the nation — but said, “That’s total BS. He’s doing it to save his own behind because he cheated on his taxes, he finagled with the taxi medallion companies, he’s facing serious legal jeopardy that has absolutely nothing to do with his tenure” as Trump’s attorney.
“He’s doing his best, it seems to me in almost a malicious way, to hurt — not to find truth — but to weasel out, to get the best possible deal and hurt the president to the maximum extent,” he said.
It was made abundantly clear that Geraldo Rivera holds Michael Cohen in exceptionally low regard, as he views the former Trump attorney as a “rat” and “sleazebag” who is attempting to save himself from serious trouble by turning on his former boss. Unfortunately, Rivera is probably dead on in his assessment of the situation.
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