New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman who contributed to a story that suggested that Michael Cohen might cooperate with federal investigators has been lashed by President Donald Trump.
“The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Habberman [sic]known as a Crooked H[illary Clinton]flunkie who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip,’” Trump wrote.
Haberman responded: “When I was reporting this story, I said to one person who’s observed the Cohen-Trump relationship that Trump has been abusive to him. The person replied, ‘He’s abusive to everybody.’”
Recently, federal agents seized emails, business records, and other documents during raids of Cohen’s office, hotel room and home. The material retrieved reportedly included documents related to a payment Cohen made in 2016 to silence a Stormy Daniels, from going public about an alleged affair with Trump.
Haberman, who has been called the “Trump whisperer” for her deeply sourced reporting on the president, was part of a team that this week won a Pulitzer prize for national reporting.
The Pulitzer was awarded jointly with the Washington Post for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration”.