Magazine May 14, 2018, Issue

A Difficult Client

Michael Cohen leaves court in New York City, April 16, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
On Trump’s three investigatory fronts and his failure to be quiet

No, President Trump insisted, he knew nothing about a $130,000 hush-money payment to a porn star who claims she had an extramarital sexual encounter with him over a decade ago. Reporters in the impromptu Air Force One gaggle persisted: Why, then, would Trump’s private lawyer and self-described “fixer,” Michael Cohen, make such an extraordinary payment on the eve of the 2016 election?

“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” replied the president.

Less than a week later, the FBI executed court-authorized warrants at Cohen’s New York City office and residences. Among other things, the Bureau and federal prosecutors in New York are investigating

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Redeeming the Miracle

Yuval Levin reviews Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy, by Jonah Goldberg.




Richard Rustad responds to Yuval Levin & Ramesh Ponnuru’s article “A New Health-Care Debate.”


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