President Donal Trump has said Friday that his former lawyer and fixer who accused him of being racist and ordering to lie to the American people, once shopped a book to publishers that paint the POTUS in a very favorable image, vastly at odds with Cohen’s implicating testimony in Congress last week.
In a tweet, Donald Trump did that the manuscript of the book was a ‘love letter’ of Cohen to him and asked the Congress to demand a copy of the manuscript as evidence that Cohen’s testimony was ‘fraudulent’ and ‘dishonest.’
The president also claimed that the manuscript is evidence that Cohen committed perjury and the fact that he hired Lanny Davis as his spokesperson is suggesting that he is being paid by the ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s former trusted lawyer and fixer told a House Committee last week that his former boss made racist remarks against black people and told him to lie about the Russian real estate scandal.
Michael Cohen, who is set to serve a three-year prison sentence in May told the House Oversight and Reform committee through a written testimony obtained by Associated Press that Trump has previously made a racist remark against a black neighborhood in Chicago saying that black people would not vote for him because they were too stupid.
According to the testimony, Trump and Cohen were driving through a black neighborhood in Chicago when the President made that remark. He also told Cohen that “only black people can live that way.”
In the same incident, the President asked Cohen to name a country led by a black president that is not falling apart, the testimony revealed. During that time, Barack Obama is serving his last term as the first black president of America.
Aside from racist comments, Cohen alleges the President of asking him to lie about the Moscow real estate project. Although a direct order was not made, Cohen wrote in the testimony that “he [Donald Trump] would look me [Cohen] in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing.”
“Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago,” Trump tweeted. “Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations, and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is discredited!”
Last year, according to reports, Cohen was shopping a book that is favorable to the image of Donald Trump and agreed with one publisher, Hachette Book Group, but the deal was called off after Cohen’s legal battles began.
Manny Davis, Michael Cohen’s spokesperson who Trump accused of being paid by Hillary Clinton, dismissed the accusations made by Trump saying that the ‘POTUS has lied again.’
On Friday, Davis said that Cohen was offered a “substantial advance” nearly a year ago “for a proposal regarding a book on understanding Donald Trump. Mr. Cohen ultimately elected not to proceed.”
According to an individual familiar with the negotiations as reported by Fox, Cohen’s book was submitted for auction, and he and Hachette discussed an over, but they were not able to reach a deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
COHEN’S TESTIMONY IS LOOKING PRETTY BAD FOR TRUMP
Meanwhile, a conservative attorney, George Conway, believes that the Cohen – Trump mess is a detriment to both Trump and the Republican Party.
He said that the hearing is looking pretty bad for the Party and Trump’s career, calling him a ‘sociopath’ and ‘inveterate liar.’
‘Sociopaths attract’ was written by Conway in a tweet as a response to a Washington Post op-ed headlined “Why does Trump fall in love with bad men?”
He even accused that the Republican Party can not rely on any facts that Trump asserts.
Conway’s often snarky criticism extended to the GOP as well on Wednesday. Many Republican representatives on the committee chose to spend time — The Post estimates it was most of their time — attacking Cohen’s credibility, rather than the former fixer’s testimony. Rep. Jim Jordan in particular, repeatedly brought up Cohen’s history of perjury (which he had readily admitted to), arguing that Cohen showed no “remorse” for his actions.
“Mr. Jordan, that’s not what I said. And you know that that’s not what I said,” Cohen replied, during one of the more heated moments of the hearing. “I pled guilty, and I take responsibility for my actions. Shame on you, Mr. Jordan.” /apr