If there is one person lurking around the shadows of every Trump scandal, it would be his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, known as the Tom Hagen of the Trump family, only with much less class and dignity than the original consigliere of Godfather fame. Back in 2011 ABC News described him as “the man behind Donald Trump’s possible 2012 presidential campaign,” and asked him about the Hagen reference. He replied:
[I]f somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn’t like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump’s benefit. If you do something wrong, I’m going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I’m not going to let you go until I’m finished.
Presumably that does not include putting horse’s heads in people’s beds, but you never know. He certainly likes to make people believe he would stop at nothing to protect “Mr. Trump.”
At the beginning of the campaign CNN’s Don Lemon questioned Trump about his declaration that undocumented immigrants were criminals and rapists and Trump responded, “Well, somebody’s doing the raping.” This prompted Brandy Zadrozny and Tim Mak of the Daily Beast to inquire into claims by Trump’s first wife, Ivana, during their divorce that Trump had blamed her for his botched scalp reduction surgery and violently raped her in retaliation. Cohen responded to the reporters by saying that a spouse cannot legally be held liable for rape (which is not true) and threatened them in true Godfather style:
I’m warning you, tread very fucking …read more