In a new report out Thursday from The Wall Street Journal, we have learned that Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, hired a small polling company prior to the 2016 presidential election to rig two online polls in the president’s favor. And then he stiffed the company he hired out of most of the money he owed them.
Jon Gauger, owner and director of RedFinch Solutions, LLC and also Chief Information Officer for Liberty University, told the newspaper that he was owed approximately $50,000 for the job but when he arrived at Trump Towers to collect the money, he was given just over $12,000 in a plastic Walmart shopping bag and “randomly, a boxing glove that Mr. Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter.”
It was also during this bizarre exchange that Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to create the @WomenForCohen Twitter account, which is still active today, to paint Cohen as a staunch supporter and booster for Mr. Trump and moreover, to encourage his standing as a “sex symbol”. The account has the following description in its Twitter bio: “Women who love and support Michael Cohen. Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!”
Wow. Just wow.
Cohen spoke out about the article via Twitter:
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.— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 17, 2019
Of course, since the time of this deal, Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for various financial crimes, including tax fraud, false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations and more. Surely there is no surprise that yet another one-time close ally to President Trump is involved in so many underhanded and seedy business interactions.