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Flipping Out

Allies of President Trump are all over the media, as Josh Barro notes, worrying that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen will “flip” on the president. This is odd, as he also points out, since “flipping” on someone is usually taken to mean divulging the truth about his criminal activities.

My own free p.r. advice for Trump allies when asked whether Cohen would flip would be to answer: Obviously there is no reason to believe the president has engaged in any law-breaking and therefore there is nothing for Cohen to flip on. And surely the president has not been associating closely and for a long time with someone who would pretend he has broken the law in order to get himself out of a jam.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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