A series of tweets undercut the idea that the president’s personal lawyer couldn’t discuss the hush-money arrangement because he couldn’t get in touch with him.
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was in communication with the then-presidential candidate the day Cohen wired hush money to Stormy Daniels, according to previously unreported tweets.
Those tweets cast doubt on a claim that has been promulgated to distance Trump from the payments to the adult film star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. That claim, which was made anonymously to The Wall Street Journal, is that Cohen “missed two deadlines earlier that month to make the $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford because he couldn’t reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign.”
In fact, according to Cohen’s own tweets, he was in contact with Trump on the very day the hush-money deal was signed and finalized.
On Oct. 27, 2016, Cohen wired $130,000 to Daniels as part of the hush money agreement. The next day, Oct. 28, Cohen signed the agreement, according to court documents (PDF). That same day, The Hollywood Reporter posted a viral video of a homeless woman named Denise Scott who was assaulted while trying to keep vandals from defacing Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Hey, where’s Donald at?” said one of the men harassing her.
Cohen sent a host of tweets about the story and asked for help finding the woman. He did so, he explained, at the behest of his boss.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) October 29, 2016
Cohen also promised that Trump had a present for Scott.
When an account called @LowRider81hd tweeted about having a soft spot for the homeless, Cohen replied, “.@Lowrider81hd So do I and clearly @realDonaldTrump does as well as he has tasked me to find her. Need everyone’s help!”
Cohen’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
Cohen’s efforts didn’t end there. On Nov. 15 and 29, he tweeted out a crowdfunding page for Scott based on the platform SavingAmerica.com. Despite Cohen’s efforts, Scott’s life didn’t seem to turn around. Justin Best, who started a GoFundMe page to help Scott, told Fox News for a Jan. 6, 2017, story that he had trouble helping her overcome homelessness.
“I had no idea how difficult this would become,” he told Fox News. “We would find Denise, but then she would disappear again. People are very committed to helping her, but she goes back and forth between deciding she wants our help and doesn’t.”