On the morning of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s arrival at prison, a Trump Organization executive downplayed Cohen’s role at the organization and mocked his judgement in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday.
Insulting his work as a lawyer for the Trump Organization — “what little legal work he did was often poor quality and had to be redrafted” — Trump Org. executive vice president George Sorial said Cohen was “no fine deal maker,” and it was only his showmanship that caught Trump’s eye.
“For Mr. Cohen to claim he had major decision-making authority at the Trump Organization is ridiculous,” Sorial wrote. “He told Congress he was a ‘fixer.’ I’d put it this way: He was hired muscle; a bluffing, boasting New Yorker who could shock people into action. He did chase licensing deals and outlandish opportunities, but he never delivered. Trump Moscow was a fantasy that no one in the office took seriously. Michael’s judgment wasn’t good enough to be given real control.”
Cohen reported to prison on Monday morning to begin his three-year stint for financial crimes related to the hush payment he made on behalf of Trump to cover up an alleged affair with a porn star during the 2016 election.
Read the full op-ed here.