Michael Cohen tweeted and quickly deleted a third-person message Thursday night that seemingly confirmed his cooperation against President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.
“Good for @MichaelCohen212 for providing critical information to the #MuellerInvestigation without a cooperation agreement,” Cohen posted from his own account. “No one should question his integrity, veracity or loyalty to his family and country over @POTUS @realdonaldtrump.”
Cohen deleted the post within seconds, but not before Twitter users were able to screenshot it. The Daily News was able to independently confirm the tweet’s authenticity.
Cohen did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment.
Cohen’s mysterious message came on the heels of reports alleging he has sat down for several sessions with Mueller’s investigators over the past month, answering questions about Trump’s business dealings with Russia, possible collusion with the Kremlin and potential pardons for associates.
The interviews with Cohen, some of which reportedly spanned several hours, took place in Washington and New York City and came around the same time Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort cut a cooperation deal of his own with Mueller’s team.
Cohen’s cooperation agreement could pose a significant blow to the President.
The 52-year-old Long Island native served as Trump’s attorney and personal fixer for years, acting as his legal “bulldog” and facilitating nondisclosure agreements with women who say they had sex with him.
Cohen’s guilty plea last month directly implicated Trump in campaign finance crimes over his knowledge and coordination of hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Cohen’s plea did not include a cooperation component, but that didn’t preclude him from cutting a mutually beneficial deal later on, according to experts.
“Even though he doesn’t have a cooperation deal, attempting to cooperate will help Cohen at sentencing,” tweeted Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Illinois. “If Cohen can help Mueller, prosecutors could recommend a reduced sentence.”