- The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen paid a small tech consultancy named RedFinch to create a Twitter account dedicated to him.
- @WomenForCohen describes President Trump’s former lawyer as a “pit bull” and “sex symbol.”
- Cohen also paid RedFinch to try to rig two online polls in 2014 and 2015, about business leaders and potential GOP candidates, in Trump’s favour, The Journal said.
- Cohen admitted to paying for the attempted poll-rigging. He neither confirmed nor denied paying for @WomenForCohen.
- Cohen has since broken from Trump and is due to testify to Congress next month in what will likely be a big boon for the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, paid a small tech company to create a dedicated Twitter account that described him as a “pit bull” and “sex symbol,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
During the 2016 presidential campaign Cohen asked John Gauger, the owner of Virginia-based tech consultancy RedFinch Solutions LLC, to create @WomenForCohen to “elevate his profile,” The Journal said.
The account is still available on Twitter but hasn’t posted since December 2016. It describes itself as an account for “women who love and support Michael Cohen.”
The account, which The Journal said was run by a female friend of Gauger, described Cohen as “strong” as well as a “pit bull” and “sex symbol.”
It also published posts that complimented Cohen and Trump’s looks and abilities.
One post from December 2016 retweeted a photo of Cohen and Trump and said in its caption that the two men had won the “best looking men award.”
As of Thursday morning, the account has 635 followers.
The Twitter account was part of a package of tech-related services that Cohen paid Gauger to carry out, which included trying to rig two online polls to make Trump look good, The Journal said.
One was by CNBC in 2014 of successful business leaders, and the other was by the Drudge Report in 2015 of potential Republican presidential candidates.
Gauger’s attempts to rig those two polls were unsuccessful, The Journal said.
Cohen confirmed The Journal’s story about the poll rigging, tweeting: “As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”
Cohen neither confirmed nor denied paying Gauger to set up @WomenForCohen.
Cohen’s alleged method of payment was also dubious.
According to Gauger, Cohen handed the tech company founder a blue Walmart bag containing between $US12,000 and $US13,000 in cash, as well as a boxing glove that Cohen said was once worn by a Brazilian MMA fighter, The Journal said.
Cohen told The Journal that the payments were by check.
Cohen broke from Trump last year. He is due to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 about the investigations into Trump.
In December he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in August to tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign-finance violations related to payments to buy the silence of two women, Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who say they had affairs with Trump.
None of these charges discussed Cohen’s dealings with RedFinch.
He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organisation’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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