- President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has removed all references to Trump from his social-media biographies.
- The changes on Cohen’s Twitter and LinkedIn come four days after he publicly distanced himself from Trump in a rare interview.
- Cohen is being investigated on suspicion of breaking campaign finance laws and committing fraud.
- Many legal experts believe Cohen may be ready to “flip” on Trump and cooperate with Robert Mueller’s separate investigation into the president.
Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, has removed all mention of Trump from his social-media biographies, further stoking theories that he is ready to turn on the president in an ongoing criminal investigation.
Cohen’s Twitter bio previously identified him as the “personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” with an image of Cohen standing behind a Trump campaign lectern as his banner image.
The change in Cohen’s social media happened on Wednesday, CNN reported.
- Michael Cohen/Twitter via Wayback Machine
Cohen’s Twitter bio is now empty, and his banner image shows an image of a US flag that he tweeted Wednesday.
- Michael Cohen/Twitter
Cohen also removed a reference to Trump on his LinkedIn page, CNN reported. The page now simply states Cohen’s job as “Attorney,” where it used to say “Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.”
As of Thursday, the page also noted that Cohen had terminated his employment as Trump’s personal attorney and a special counsel at the Trump Organization.
- Michael Cohen/LinkedIn
The changes on Cohen’s social-media pages come four days after he publicly broke with the president in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
“My daughter and my son and this country have my first loyalty,” Cohen said, marking a departure from past comments in which he said he would “take a bullet” for Trump.
He is being investigated by federal officials in New York on suspicion of violating campaign finance laws or committing bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes.
The FBI raided his home, his office, and his hotel room in April and seized about 4 million documents.
Cohen is also reportedly ending a joint defense agreement with Trump that allowed the two parties’ lawyers to share information with each other.
Legal experts consider this a sign Cohen is ready to “flip” on Trump and cooperate in the special counsel’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.
- Shayanne Gal/Business Insider; Alex Wong/Getty; Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
At the center of the Cohen investigation is a $130,000 payment he facilitated to the porn star Stormy Daniels weeks before the election in an attempt to keep her quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, said earlier this week that Cohen’s “loyalties still lie with the president.”
Avenatti speculated that Cohen would eventually “flip” on Trump but that “he will do it to only when he has to – in order to save himself.”