Who is Samantha Cohen? Trump's ex-lawyer makes multiple mentions of daughter during testimony

While testifying before Congress about his business dealings as Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen mentioned his own family numerous times, including daughter, Samantha.

On the topic of the Access Hollywood tape being made public in October 2016 — when the Trump uttered his infamous “grab ’em by the p****” comment — Cohen said he was out of the country at the time. He explained he was visiting his daughter, Samantha, a University of Pennsylvania undergrad who was then studying in London. His time off was cut short when Trump’s former aide Hope Hicks asked him to do damage control.

The mentions of Samantha made her a talking point on Twitter.

This isn’t the first time Samantha has been pulled into the spotlight by her prison-bound dad. Some things to know about her:

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Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, arrives at federal court with his daughter Samantha Cohen, center, in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Laura Shusterman (L), wife of Michel Cohen, and children Samantha Blake Cohen (C) and Jake (R), leave after the sentencing of their father, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, at federal court on, December 12, 2018 in New York City. Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion, a campaign finance violation and lying to Congress. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court with his wife Laura Shusterman, second right, daughter Samantha Cohen, second left, and son Jake Cohen, left, in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen is heading to prison for three years on a gross miscalculation. He was also ordered to forfeit $500,000, pay a restitution of $1.4 million and fines totaling $100,000. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen's daughter Samantha Blake Cohen(C) wife Laura Shusterman(L) and son Jake Cohen leave US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after Michael Cohen's sentencing, after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. - US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his former boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on December 12, 2018 for multiple crimes. 'It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,' Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.Cohen, 52, said he was taking responsiblity for his crimes 'including those implicating the President of the United States of America.' (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court with his daughter Samantha Cohen, left, in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court with his daughter Samantha Cohen, left, in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court with his daughter Samantha Cohen, left, in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Cohen confessed nine crimes this year after federal prosecutors said that he had concealed income and evaded taxes, orchestrated a scheme to violate campaign finance laws at the height of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and lied to banks and Congress. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen arrives with daughter Samantha Blake Cohen and wife Laura Shusterman(R) at US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018, where he is expected to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a number of charges. - The hour of judgment has come for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, who will learn Wednesday if cooperating with authorities conducting the Russia probe will spare him a long prison term.Cohen, 52, is one of several members of Trump's team who have run afoul of the law but the only one to belong to Trump's inner circle. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen arrives with daughter Samantha Blake Cohen at US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018, where he is expected to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a number of charges. - The hour of judgment has come for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, who will learn Wednesday if cooperating with authorities conducting the Russia probe will spare him a long prison term.Cohen, 52, is one of several members of Trump's team who have run afoul of the law but the only one to belong to Trump's inner circle. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo credit should read COREY SIPKIN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen arrives arrives with daughter Samantha Blake Cohen and wife Laura Shusterman(R) at US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018, where he is expected to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a number of charges. - The hour of judgment has come for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, who will learn Wednesday if cooperating with authorities conducting the Russia probe will spare him a long prison term.Cohen, 52, is one of several members of Trump's team who have run afoul of the law but the only one to belong to Trump's inner circle. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen arrives arrives with daughter Samantha Blake Cohen and wife Laura Shusterman(R) at US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018, where he is expected to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a number of charges. - The hour of judgment has come for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, who will learn Wednesday if cooperating with authorities conducting the Russia probe will spare him a long prison term.Cohen, 52, is one of several members of Trump's team who have run afoul of the law but the only one to belong to Trump's inner circle. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Michael Cohen, (R) President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, arrives with daughter Samantha Blake Cohen at federal court for his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City. Cohen is set to be sentenced by a federal judge after pleading guilty in August to several charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion, a campaign finance violation and lying to Congress. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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1. She’s a University of Pennsylvania grad.

The whole family — Cohen’s wife, Laura Shusterman, and younger son, Jake — attended graduation festivities last May. While a student at Penn, Samantha was reportedly part of the non-Greek sorority Tabard Society. She’s currently “seeking job opportunities,” according to a LinkedIn page in her name.

2. Her fixer dad once posted a photo of her in lingerie on Twitter.

In 2017, Cohen tweeted a snap of his pride and joy in a bra and tights, which led to comparisons of their relationship to Trump’s with Ivanka. Samantha spoke out about the controversy, saying, “My father does not think I’m ‘hot’ and him posting a professional photo taken of me in a bra and pants does not mean he sexualizes me.” She added, “There is nothing inappropriate in the picture and those who seek to make it something it is not are merely Trump haters who are using this as an opportunity to stir up drama.”

Cohen’s reaction was more perplexing. “Jealous?” he asked one commenter who called the photo “spank-bank material.”

3. A photo she posted of Cohen online made headlines too.

Samantha has more than 13,000 followers on her private Instagram, and once posted a photo of her and her dad celebrating his 50th birthday in Los Angeles. The photo later seemed to come in handy for Cohen after he was accused of being abroad at the time in Prague colluding with Russian officials. He cleared up the matter on American Media’s website Radar Online; it later come to light that Cohen worked with AMI to kill stories of Trump’s affairs.

4. Cohen apparently used his AMI ties to get his daughter in Shape magazine.

While still in high school, Samantha was featured in Shape, then an AMI-owned magazine. The article focused her climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, but also referred to her being a straight-A student and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In another interview for a different outlet, she cited the Eric Trump Foundation as being the inspiration to do philanthropic work for St. Jude.

5. Trump attended Samantha’s bat mitzvah…

…At least according to Cohen. While there are no pictures of the president dancing the hora when Samantha was 13, the disgraced attorney denied his then boss was racist. “Nothing angers me more than the disgraceful liberal media’s blatant mischaracterization of Mr. Trump as a racist,” he told Tablet. “As the child of a Holocaust survivor, racism was never permitted in our home and I would never work for someone with those tendencies. Would a racist attend both of my children’s Bat and Bar Mitzvahs?” (Trump apparently embarrassed Cohen at his son’s bar mitzvah a few years later.)

6. Samantha attended Trump’s inaugural ball.

And she looked very glam. So glam, in fact, that one of Cohen’s Twitter followers suggested he keep his daughter locked away. Cohen replied, “Thank you. … Fortunately for me she is as smart as she is beautiful.”

7. Samantha was on crutches due to hip surgery.

When Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December, his family accompanied him to court — including his daughter, who was using a crutch at the time. She had recently had surgery, according to ABC News, with Page Six reporting the procedure was on her hip. During the sentencing, Samantha was openly weeping, according to ABC. Cohen was “seen consoling her” — as well as his tearful son and wife.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, arrives to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, is sworn in to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen plans to tell a congressional committee about alleged misdeeds by his former boss, claiming that Trump knew during the 2016 presidential election that his ally Roger Stone was talking to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks about a release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, listens during a House Oversight Committee hearing with Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen plans to tell a congressional committee about alleged misdeeds by his former boss, claiming that Trump knew during the 2016 presidential election that his ally Roger Stone was talking to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks about a release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, pauses while speaking during a hearing with Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen plans to tell a congressional committee about alleged misdeeds by his former boss, claiming that Trump knew during the 2016 presidential election that his ally Roger Stone was talking to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks about a release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) listens as Michael Cohen, attorney for President Trump, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, holds document during a House Oversight Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen brought documents to Wednesday's congressional hearing to back up his case that his former boss is a 'con man' and 'a cheat.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: A copy of a check paid to Michael Cohen by President Trump is displayed as Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill February 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., is seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building featuring testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, on Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., left, and ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, are seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building featuring testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, on Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building featuring testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, on Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building featuring testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, on Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney is seen on the tv at the Fox News Headquarters in the Newscorp Building on 6th Avenue in New York February 27, 2019 as the Ticker Tap flashes headlines while he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a House Oversight Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen brought documents to Wednesday's congressional hearing to back up his case that his former boss is a 'con man' and 'a cheat.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listens to testimony by Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill February 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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8. She’s part of the NY social scene.

While her father’s sentencing was rough, she recovered both — both physically and emotionally — days after to attend the socialite-studded New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball, Page Six reported. Wearing a vintage gown and gloves, she was even photographed on the dance floor. Last year, she also attended a charity event in the Hamptons.

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