Cohen told reporter he would ‘ruin’ her

  • Clare O'Connor, a Bermudian-born journalist, now based in New York (File photograph)

    Clare O'Connor, a Bermudian-born journalist, now based in New York (File photograph)

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer launched a phone attack on a Bermudian-born journalist, it has been revealed.

News of the verbal outburst against Clare O’Connor came on the same day that Michael Cohen made a plea bargain in the United States District Court in Manhattan, and pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

The eight counts included tax evasion and making a false statement to a financial institution.

Mr Cohen, who was Mr Trump’s lawyer from 2006 until May of this year, admitted he had arranged payments to two women to keep quiet during Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign, over alleged affairs with Donald Trump.

Ms O’Connor, a journalist based in New York, said online that Mr Cohen had threatened her in a phone call outburst three years ago.

In a Twitter post, Ms O’Connor revealed that Mr Cohen said that he would “ruin” her.

Mr Cohen was said to have phoned Ms O’Connor after an article she wrote for Forbes magazine that was unfavourable to Mr Trump.

The attorney had a reputation for verbal attacks against reporters over unfavourable stories. Ms O’Connor’s article, which ran in July 2015, reported that Mr Trump’s menswear brand had been dropped by retailers in the wake of offensive remarks against Mexicans during his presidential campaign.

The Cohen case is part of a wider investigation of Mr Trump’s campaign, led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller, over charges of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The inquiry has riveted American audiences and featured in international news.

Mr Cohen’s plea bargain also came on the same day that Paul Manafort, a former campaign chairman for Mr Trump, was found guilty of financial crimes.

Ms O’Connor, a former reporter at The Royal Gazette, posted on Twitter that the lawyer told her he would “ruin my life and take everything I have” in retaliation for her article on “Macy’s dumping his then employer’s sweatshop suit brand”.

She added: “You reap what you sow, you absolute monster.”

Ms O’Connor said the Forbes article sparked “multiple” attacks on Twitter from Mr Trump.

Her post on Cohen had been retweeted almost 9,000 times by yesterday afternoon.

Ms O’Connor now works for a high-growth tech start-up.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Aug 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm (Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 8:18 am)

Cohen told reporter he would ‘ruin’ her

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts