Michael Cohen Distances Himself From Trump Again, Defends Media After President's Attack

President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer offered a defense of the free press Thursday evening, perhaps adding yet more credence to claims that he is distancing himself from his famous billionaire ex-client.

Michael Cohen took to Twitter to quote one of the country's most famous journalists, adding that the current media atmosphere made it all the more important "to distinguish between innuendo and fact."

"'Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.' -Walter Cronkite. As we contend with the crazed 24/7 news cycle, it has never been more important than it is now for everyone to distinguish between innuendo and fact," Cohen tweeted.

The embattled attorney hadn't tweeted often since federal authorities conducted a raid of his residence, office and hotel room in April, but his latest message came hours after Trump attacked the media over coverage of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump claimed the summit was a "great success," but again labeled the media as the "real enemy of the people," despite members of his own party calling for the president to clarify his apparent siding with Putin's denials of election meddling against the findings of the U.S. intelligence community.

"The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear…….." Trump tweeted Thursday.

Cohen also tweeted Friday to tout his long-time relationship with Reverend Al Sharpton, who alluded to a possible interview with Cohen in a separate tweet.

"I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to!" Cohen said.

Assuming Sharpton conducted an interview with Cohen, it would be his second this month and could provide further apparent shots toward the president.

Cohen told ABC News earlier this month that his first loyalty was to his family and the country—a thinly veiled reference to his previous comments about forever being loyal to Trump—and said he would not be a scapegoat for another person's defense.

"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy," Cohen said. "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way."

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