He surfaces from time to time in this or that article in the news feed.
The point always seems to be that he is cheering on the federal investigations that put his former client, Donald Trump, in criminal jeopardy. Let us say that again: he’s trying to help those that are out to prosecute and imprison his former client.
Not that he’s ever going to be much help. It’s hard to imagine a worse witness.
But what is intensely concerning about this is the eagerness of the press, or at least some of the press, to provide publicity for this excruciating professional betrayal, excruciating on every level for every member of the profession. One would think even for a former and disgraced member, like Cohen, there’d be limits. But no. And a press that would be horrified if the client were anyone other than the loathsome Trumpster, doesn’t even note in its reporting what a terrible betrayal this is, how damaging to our beloved “system”.
The duty of loyalty is perpetual. It survives even the death of the client.
Now, of course, we have the looming prosecution of Rudy Giuliani, apparently for conduct that occurred in the course of his representation, as an attorney, of the same loathsome Trumpster. Just as when the feds went after Cohen, there is no outrage here, even from the places you would most expect it. Even when the press increasingly portrays this basic professional obligation as something that people “hide behind“.
We are bemused, as well as disturbed. As we were last month. At this point a previously sacred rule is being routinely violated by the government, and no one seems to notice or object.