If you had to pick two adjectives to describe Michael Cohen, you could choose worse than “loyal” and “belligerent.”
Loyal to his client, President Trump. The FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room Monday, possibly on suspicion that the lawyer committed fraud when he paid a woman $130,000 not to claim in public that she once had an affair with Trump.
Belligerent to, well, almost anyone who gets in his or Trump’s way, it can seem. Cohen once threatened a reporter that he would “mess your life up” if the reporter wrote about Trump’s ex-wife accusing him of rape, according to a Washington Post profile of the lawyer.
And in the wake of the FBI raids, some people have noticed that a fair few of Cohen’s frequent taunts have involved threats of prison.
This particular tweet, from 2015 when Trump was campaigning against Hillary Clinton for president (and suggesting that he would jail her if he won), was resurrected Tuesday because of its specific reference to fraud. Cohen is now being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud, along with campaign finance violations, as The Post reported Monday.
“Uh oh, this tweet didn’t age well,” a former director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, wrote in reply. “Talk about irony.”
Likewise, a former Clinton campaigner enjoyed his schadenfreude:
Speaking of irony, Cohen was once a self-declared “#HillaryClinton fan,” sharing photos of himself with the Democrat for Throwback Thursday.
But that was 2014. A year later, the Trump attorney was in the midst of helping his boss run for president, and it was fraud and prison all around.
Cohen’s prison taunts weren’t limited to Clinton, and if anything they only accelerated after Trump took office.
The lawyer asked for criminal prosecutions against the author of a dossier that alleged he and Trump conspired with the Russian government during the 2016 election:
Perhaps less consequentially, he got into an unprintable argument with the Twitter user @PooBurglar over which one was more suited for federal prison.
And just before the new year, Cohen predicted that 2018 would begin with a raft of apologies from those who had unfairly accused him.
So far, it hasn’t quite worked out that way.