Trump says Michael Cohen wrote him a ‘love letter’ as he blasts former fixer
President Trump slammed Michael Cohen in a series of tweets Friday, claiming that his former fixer wrote him a “love letter” in the form of a book pitch — and demanding that Congress examine the proposal.
“Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a ‘love letter to Trump’ manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue,” the president wrote.
“Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie!” he added.
“Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!”
Trump added: “Michael Cohen’s book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before. He must have forgotten about his book when he testified.
“What does Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one. Is he being paid by Crooked Hillary. Using her lawyer?”
During Cohen’s appearance before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, when he slammed the president as a “liar,” “racist” and “conman,” he revealed that he has received multiple offers for TV, movie and book deals — and admitted he plans to cash in on his notoriety.
The disbarred lawyer — who is set to begin serving a three-year prison term on May 6 for lying to Congress — testified that he was appalled by Trump’s actions surrounding the deadly white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his performance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
The Daily Beast reported last May that Cohen had sought to cash in on his role as Trump’s fixer with a book tentatively titled “The Trump Revolution: From the Tower to the White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump.”
He had a tentative deal with publisher Hatchette Books that apparently was signed shortly after news emerged of the hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who said she had a fling with Trump in 2006.
But the deal collapsed after the FBI’s raid on Cohen’s home and offices in April 2018, which eventually resulted in his guilty plea.
On Friday, Trump may have been reacting to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who said on his show Thursday night: “Turns out just weeks before the FBI raided his offices last summer, Michael Cohen was shopping a book proposal.”
He added: “Michael Cohen spent a decade as Trump’s high-profile lobbier, toady, defender and personal attorney — and then one day he decided that he hated Donald Trump and he became Donald Trump’s mortal enemy.”
Carlson was referring to a report in the Daily Mail, which said it obtained a copy of Cohen’s book proposal.
In his pitch, Cohen listed a series of derogatory descriptions that have been leveled at the president, the paper reported, including, “Crazy,” “Dumb,” “Paranoid,” “In Over His Head,” “Liar,” “Addicted to TV” and “Hates the Media.”
“All of these things have been said about my longtime boss, Donald J. Trump,” Cohen wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “None of it is true. Except maybe that last one — about the media. Trump does believe that reporters are out to get him, and for a very good reason. Many of them are.”
Cohen’s book proposal was in stark contrast to his evisceration of the president this week.
“I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,” he said. “My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and soon, my freedom.
“I will not sit back, say nothing and allow him to do the same to the country.”
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