Michael Cohen, the former self-described “fixer” and lawyer for President Donald Trump, is set to testify before Congress in February — presumably about his role in paying off women who alleged affairs with Trump, in what prosecutors described as illegal effort at benefitting his 2016 presidential campaign. But a new Wall Street Journal report has revealed that Cohen also engaged in another effort at manipulating the perception of Trump — and of Cohen himself.
In 2015, the report alleges, Cohen paid John Gauger, chief information officer at Liberty University, to try to rig polls from CNBC and Drudge in Trump’s favor, ahead of the Republican primary. More bizarrely, Cohen also asked Gauger to create a fake fan Twitter account — @WomenForCohen — that appears to have been devoted solely to characterizing the lawyer as sexy and desirable.
“Women who love and support Michael Cohen,” reads the account description. “Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!”
Here are just a few of the contributions to the fawning account, which was active until the end of 2016:
— Women For Cohen (@WomenForCohen) September 1, 2016
— Women For Cohen (@WomenForCohen) December 3, 2016
— Women For Cohen (@WomenForCohen) July 21, 2016
— Women For Cohen (@WomenForCohen) November 22, 2016
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) December 13, 2016
Cohen, who appears likely to serve three years in prison for tax evasion, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress, has since disavowed Trump and suggested that his real crime “was blind loyalty to the man that caused me to choose the path of darkness.” The @WomenForCohen Twitter account remains, however, as a simultaneously comical and chilling reminder of the lengths that Cohen was willing to go to help Trump achieve his political ambitions.
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