Drudge Report labels Cohen 'the rat'

Drudge Report labels Cohen 'the rat'
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The conservative Drudge Report on Wednesday labeled Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump's self-interest is at odds with safe coronavirus policy Judge rejects Michael Cohen's plea for early prison release amid coronavirus Michael Cohen cites 'absence of presidential leadership' over coronavirus in effort to move to home confinement MORE “the rat” after the release of a secretly recorded conversation between President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE and his former personal attorney.

The banner headline on the website read “THE RAT” just hours after CNN aired a conversation between Trump and Cohen about buying the rights to a former Playboy model’s story about her alleged affair with Trump a decade ago.

CNN obtained the tape of the September 2016 conversation, which Cohen secretly recorded, from Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, who is a columnist for The Hill.


The tape suggests that Trump was aware of American Media Inc.'s purchase of Karen McDougal's story about their alleged affair, despite then-Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump shakes up White House communications team Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump aide asked Cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report MORE saying in 2016 that “we have no knowledge of any of this.” 

AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, never ran the story after purchasing the rights. McDougal sued over the agreement and the parties settled earlier this year.

The Drudge Report headline links to a Daily Mail story about Trump’s tweet Wednesday morning responding to the tape’s release.

“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad!” the president tweeted.



The tape appears to be one of 12 recordings seized during a FBI raid on Cohen’s office and home earlier this year.