One of the most memorable moments of President Donald Trump's first term didn't take place in the White House, but in the Capitol building before the House Oversight Committee.
Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and "fixer," appeared under oath to testify about his former boss. Months earlier, Cohen had been arrested for crimes uncovered by the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Cohen began cooperating with Mueller, then—before reporting for prison—he told the Oversight Committee of Trump's exploits, including tax fraud, racist remarks, and threats.
The late Oversight Chairman, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), expressed to a tearful Cohen his hope that his testimony would be the start of a turning point for the nation.
Over a year later, Cohen's life looks different.
In the face of the pandemic, Cohen's sentence was set to be served from his home, but the Trump administration fought in court against Cohen releasing his tell-all memoir or doing television interviews while serving the sentence.
Cohen's book is called Disloyal, and the foreword details Cohen's state of mind on the day of his testimony, even expressing that he thought Trump would try to endanger his life:
The President of the United States wanted me dead or, let me say it the way Donald Trump would: He wouldn't mind if I was dead. That was how Trump talked. Like a mob boss, using language carefully calibrated to convey his desires and demands, while at the same time employing deliberate indirection to insulate himself and avoid actually ordering a hit on his former personal attorney, confidant, consigliere, and, at least in my heart, adopted son.
Cohen then alluded to some of the more salacious aspects of Trump's life which he witnessed firsthand:
"From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials from the former Soviet Union, to catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump's clandestine lovers, I wasn't just a witness to the president's rise—I was an active and eager participant."
The sneak peek sent the internet into chaos.
But others were conflicted about how Cohen should be received.
The book is set for release on October 6.