Michael Cohen Just Released the Foreword of His New Memoir and We Get Why Trump Didn't Want It Published
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.
The day has finally arrived. I have waited a long time to share my truth. To read the foreword and pre-order my book DISLOYAL, visit https://t.co/Va4Rt0Zear
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 13, 2020
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.
No please 2020 is full come back later https://t.co/0UIjIacsaH
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) August 13, 2020
Michael Cohen is dropping all the bombs that Mary Trump didn't already drop.https://t.co/v7nTWhBpA9
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 13, 2020
But others were conflicted about how Cohen should be received.
Do me a favor and please don't support Michael Cohen's behavior by buying his book-the pundits will have essential portions pieced out within days of the release. He hasn't learned a single thing in this.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 13, 2020
Holy crap. Read the forward it is chilling. @MichaelCohen212 us a brave man for writing & for owning up to what he did. Ordering now #disloyal the book https://t.co/Vc6JpiU78e
— betotexan (@cdallas75) August 13, 2020
UNPOPULAR OPINION: Of all the cowardly book's released about @realDonaldTrump. @MichaelCohen212 genuinely SEEMS to be a changed man. He made mistakes, finally spoke up and served his time. More ppl should be like Mike and stand up to Trump the thug. https://t.co/NGxYcU7Fwh
— I am your Suburban Lifestyle Dream. (@TabithaOXO) August 13, 2020
If there is any new information that you didn't share with Congress, I am not that interested. Regardless of your intentions, you have played a part in ruining America. I can forgive. But, I don't think I can financially support you.
— Jessica 🇺🇸🆘 (@allastras) August 13, 2020
The book is set for release on October 6.