Pranksters are donating to Michael Cohen’s GoFundMe account under Trump pals’ names

Help a lawyer.
Help a lawyer.
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Legal fees are expensive, and Michael Cohen—whose commission to broker the sale of a luxury Hermes bag was $30,000 or at least 30% of a similar bag’s value—should know. He going to have to pay quite the bill once he’s done with his federal case.

In his plea deal with prosecutors, Donald Trump’s onetime personal lawyer, incriminated the president in describing how they arranged to pay off women who claimed they had relationships with Trump.

To help this white-collar criminal out, his attorney Lanny Davis has started a GoFundMe campaign, the Michael Cohen Truth Fund, hoping to “help Michael Cohen and his family as he goes forward on his journey to tell the truth about Donald Trump.”

The crowdfunding effort is aiming for $500,000, with the promise that it “is a transparent trust account.” Yes: The campaign is asking people to donate to help a man who has just pleaded guilty of eight counts of fraud and campaign-finance violations.

Apparently, trust is in the air: More than 1,300 people have given anywhere from $5 to $1,000, a total of nearly $50,000 within the first 13 hours.

The donations have predominantly been small, and anonymous, though several have been donating under the name of people close to Trump—or supposedly so. Scrolling through the donor lists, there are donations attributed to or on behalf of Melania Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Rudy G., Stormy Daniels, and Vladimir Putin.