And this was said in defense of Trump.
Trump’s porn star scandal was apparently a common occurrence, according to David Schwartz, the lawyer for Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.
While Trump hides out and Sarah Huckabee Sanders stonewalls the press, Schwartz is doing his best to “help” by appearing on CNN’s OutFront to argue that Trump had no idea Cohen was paying off Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 election. But he only made things worse.
CNN host Erin Burnett argued that Cohen’s closeness with Trump made it difficult to imagine Trump wouldn’t hear about the payoff.
“Because he’s that close to him, he had great latitude to handle these matters,” Schwartz explained.
“So they happened with such frequency that you wouldn’t need to tell him about a $130,000 payment?” Burnett asked.
“Look, Michael was the fixer,” Schwartz said, adding that this matter was not exceptional. “There were a ton of matters that Michael fixed.”
If you’re wondering who made Schwartz the authority on this matter, it was Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who referred reporters to Schwartz by name at Tuesday’s briefing.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has done the seemingly impossible, and found someone who is even worse at answering porn scandal questions than she is.
Schwartz’s “defense” of Trump and Cohen is obviously damaging because it creates the impression that there are many more scandals that have not come to light. But according to former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, also presents some legal problems for Trump.
Michael Cohen's attorney just claimed on @OutFrontCNN that Trump was not aware of the Stormy Daniels agreement or the payment, which means that there was no contract between Trump and Daniels, and Daniels can release the materials. Why would he admit this on national television?
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 28, 2018
Neither aspect of Schwartz’s revelations are helpful to Trump, especially given the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into exactly these sorts of “matters.”
Trump’s porn star scandal is often played for laughs, but Schwartz’s remarks should serve as a deadly serious reminder that Trump’s vulnerability to blackmail is more severe than we can know, or possibly even imagine.