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Michael Cohen: World’s Best Lawyer

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, looks on as his attorney (not pictured) delivers a statement to reporters after meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2017. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, told the FEC that he paid the hush money to Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket, without the knowledge of the campaign or his client. As he told the Times yesterday:

Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly.#…#The payment to Ms. Clifford [a.k.a. Stormy Daniels] was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.

If this is true, Cohen is the best lawyer ever. Lots of lawyers tell their clients, “It’s not about the money” as they rack up thousands of billable hours. But Michael Cohen puts his money where his mouth is (or in this case, where his client’s mouth was).

I liked legal-beagle Popehat’s response on Twitter:

One has to wonder how any lawyer could stay in business operating this way.

“Michael! We’re losing money on every client!” his business manager laments.

“It’s okay, we’ll make it up in volume!”

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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