Stormy Daniels appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday night and asserted that a man approached her in 2011 and demanded that she not sell her story about her affair with Donald Trump, threatening violence against her if she did. Daniels doesn’t know the man’s identity, but she made clear that she believed he was sent by Team Trump, which points the finger at Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, who has been dealing with Daniels on Trump’s behalf for years. Not surprisingly, Cohen quickly denied any involvement with any such physical threats. But what he said next was bizarre.
Cohen has retained an attorney of his own, who sent a letter on Sunday night to Daniels’ attorney, which promptly became public. Cohen’s attorney asserted that with regard to the unidentified man who threatened Daniels with physical harm, “Mr. Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident.” Daniels doesn’t appear to be in position to prove that Trump and Cohen sent the man in question, so it’s not surprising to see Cohen pushing back on this point. But then came the odd part.
Cohen’s attorney added that Cohen “does not believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred.” (link). Wait a minute here. If Cohen’s position is that he has no knowledge or connection to the man who made the threats, how can he know that the man doesn’t exist? It’s entirely theoretically plausible that Trump could have sent someone to threaten Daniels without Cohen’s knowledge, or that the man in question was merely a Trump fan who learned about the affair third-hand and had no connection to Trump or Cohen. Yet Cohen is going so far as to assert that the man in question doesn’t exist.
That’s simply a bizarre legal response, particularly considering that it’s coming from the attorney representing Michael Cohen, and not from Cohen himself, who might understandably be hot under the collar after what he’s just been accused of having done. Why would Cohen and his lawyer assert that the man in question doesn’t exist, when they can’t prove he doesn’t exist?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report