Social media is a fickle beast. A few thumb taps, and your life can go haywire. Just ask President Trump’s former attorney turned dangerous enemy, Michael Cohen.
Cohen shocked Twitter late Thursday when he accidentally congratulated himself for “providing critical information” to the special counsel, which is probing Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign.
Cohen praised himself, bizarrely in the third person, just minutes after a bombshell ABC News report dropped saying Cohen had already spent hours dishing to Robert Mueller’s investigators about the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow and Trump’s business involvement with Russian interests.
Cohen soon deleted the tweet, and his lawyer and spokesman, Lanny Davis, jumped to clear the whole thing up.
Davis said he had meant to tweet the congratulatory message himself, then ask Cohen to retweet him to Cohen’s bigger following, but accidentally sent his intended tweet as a text message to Cohen, first.
Cohen, apparently thinking he was just listening to his lawyer, dutifully tweeted out the message.
In August, Cohen pled guilty to eight counts of finance-related crimes, including two counts relating to campaign-finance violations that Cohen said he committed at the direction of Trump. Cohen said he’d helped orchestrate hush-money payments to women who’d claimed to have had sexual relationships with Trump.
Observers have said Cohen’s testimony could prove highly damaging to Trump. Cohen is likely intimately familiar with the inner workings of both Trump’s company and presidential campaign, thanks to his decade of service at Trump’s side.
Trump has since fired back, excoriating Cohen on Twitter and mocking his former attorney’s lawyering skills.
Cover image: NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations.(Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)