Michael Cohen Had to Burn an Early Draft of His Book in Prison After Fearing His Pro-Trump Guards Would Find it
President Donald Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, rocked the Trump administration when he was arrested for crimes uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
After cooperating with Mueller, Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee, where he asserted that Trump ordered him to pay hush money to at least two women who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.
After serving one year of his three year prison sentence, Cohen is serving the rest of his time at home due to the pandemic.
Last month, he made headlines for releasing the foreword of his tell-all memoir, Disloyal, regarding what he saw and did as one of Trump's closest confidants.
With the book set for release this fall, Cohen opened up to Vanity Fair about the lengths he went to in order to protect the 500 page manuscript in prison.
In April, Michael Cohen burned a copy of his manuscript for “Disloyal" in a bonfire at Otisville because he thought guards might leak it. Now, he's preparing to light more fires, with the book and ads for a democratic PAC set to run during the RNC. https://t.co/nBNHOGJI0x
— Emily Jane Fox (@emilyjanefox) August 24, 2020
After a fight with another inmate, Cohen was due for solitary confinement. Prison guards were set to collect his belongings and search his cell for contraband.
According to Vanity Fair:
"Hidden in his cell was a 500-odd page preliminary manuscript for the tell-all he had decided to call Disloyal. He knew the guards largely supported Donald Trump, Cohen's former boss and a subject of the book. He also knew they sometimes leaked things about him or other high-profile inmates in his minimum-security camp. That manuscript would be a jackpot."
Cohen was afraid that the pro-Trump guards would find a way to get the manuscript to the White House, or leak it to the media.
Because this was around the first night of Passover, the prison supplied a contained fire that allowed its Jewish inmates to burn leavened products—or hametz. Instead of bread, Cohen burned the 500 pages of his manuscript, knowing that his wife had access to a backup copy on a thumb drive.
People were skeptical of Cohen's claim.
Yeah, sure he did.
— John PowderBud (@JohnBar86608216) August 24, 2020
This might be true, but remember he is a liar.
— whosyourmedic (@mileslaw2) August 24, 2020
Says the proven under oath liar
— matt (@dadank1) August 24, 2020
Others thought Cohen made a smart move.
So does this mean his book will not be published? Sounds like he has been threatened. Is there anyone who is close to Trump who writes a book and isn't harassed? Of course, it used to be that Cohen was the one doing the harassing. My, how things change.
— Thaddeus Arjuna, Writer, and not a cult member. (@ThaddeusArjuna) August 24, 2020
So he's not a total idiot.
— Brian Kenney (@bkenney247) August 24, 2020
Cohen can rest assured now that he'll be serving the rest of his prison sentence at his residence, but this almost wasn't the case. Cohen's compassionate release was delayed when the Justice Department intervened and he was sent back to prison for refusing to hold off on publishing the memoir.
His release was reinstated after a judge found that Cohen's right to free speech was being violated.
Despite Cohen's years of service for Donald Trump, many are commending his determination to publish the book in the face of White House opposition.
Thank you for doing what's right and in the best interest of the country!! 🙏
— Jill Lichtenstadter ✡️☮️♏️👩🏻🎤🥁⚖️🌊💙🗽✌️ (@JillLichtej) August 24, 2020
The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend
— cptnwillie (@cptnwillie) August 24, 2020
Michael, thank you. You & your family must feel relieved getting away from 10 years of poison. Just keep making the right decisions and you will continue to remain on the right side of history. The #TrumpCrimeSyndicate, not so much.
— Lauren (@mommytalks2much) August 24, 2020
Cohen has also announced that he'll be appearing in a series of ads for the political action committee American Bridge, urging voters to rethink their support for Donald Trump.
Disloyal is expected to hit shelves this October.