Documentary profiles infamous lawyer Roy Cohn, who worked for McCarthy and Trump

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Joseph McCarthy (left) and Roy Cohn (right). Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Roy Cohn was a ruthless lawyer who helped convict Ethel and Julius Rosenberg for treason and sent them to the electric chair.  He was Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief counsel during investigations into communism in America.

After he left Washington, he pursued a win-at-all-costs strategy defending the wealthy and powerful. One of his clients: a young real estate developer named Donald Trump. Cohn reportedly taught Trump lessons that are carried out to this day: attack first, never apologize, and spin everything.

Cohn tried (unsuccessfully) to spin the stories of his private life. He never admitted that he was gay or diagnosed with AIDS, complictions of which killed him in 1986.

His story is told in the new documentary called “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Credits

Guest:
Matt Tyrnauer - director of documentaries “Valentino: The Last Emperor” (2009), “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” (2016), “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” (2017), “Studio 54” (2018) and “Where's My Roy Cohn?” (2019)

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski