President Trump criticized Michael Cohen on Friday for a recently reported book proposal that would have given a positive light to the president, saying that his former lawyer's speech contradicted the testimony of this week's congress and made him "totally discredited".
"Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote the manuscript" a love letter to Trump "for a new book that he was growing in. Written and submitted well after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his dummy reasons to become Book is exactly the opposite of his false testimony, which is now a lie! ", tweeted Trump on Friday.
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"The Congress must demand the transcription of Michael Cohen's new book, handed over to publishers not long ago. Your heads will turn when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his testimony on Thursday. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!
The president's tweets come after the Daily Mail got a proposal that would have been dated Jan. 24, 2018 and would be titled "Trump Revolution: From the Tower to the White House." Cohen reportedly bought the land from publishers just weeks before the FBI attacked his office. in connection with the criminal investigation conducted by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York on his personal affairs.
According to the Daily Mail, Cohen's book boasted Trump, contradicting his boss's descriptions of the time as "crazy", "stupid", "paranoid" and hateful about the media.
The speech would have said, "All these things have been said about my long-time boss, Donald J. Trump, none of these things are true, except perhaps this last point about the media. journalists are looking for it, and for a very good reason, many are. "
The Mail reported that Cohen had promised the chapters to focus on the first lady, Melania Trump and her children, as well as the "unfortunate saga" of Stormy Daniels.
"By offering my point of view, I sincerely hope to be able to help fill or at least reduce the knowledge gap," he would have written.
The book deal was reportedly negotiated with Hachette Center Street, but eventually collapsed when Cohen was charged by SDNY.
But the revelation of Cohen's proposal comes after the lawyer, who has now been struck off, has delivered a scathing testimony about Trump before the House's oversight committee on Wednesday. Cohen called Trump "racist", "rogue" and "cheater".
"Since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself. He is able to behave nicely, but he is not nice. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous. He is able to be loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal, "said Cohen in his opening statement Wednesday, adding that" for our country, I am sorry to actively work to hide the truth about Mr. Trump when you needed it the most. "
However, he also testified that he had begun to have doubts about the president after the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and Trump's treatment of supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The book proposal was presented before the Helsinki summit, well after the Charlottesville meeting. violence, and a full year in the Trump presidency.
Republican monitoring committee, such as ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, criticized Cohen, wondering why he had continued working for Trump for 10 years, claiming that Cohen had returned the president after that. he did not get a job at the White House. . Cohen denied wanting to work in the administration.
Cohen's testimony to Congress took place after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia as part of the investigation of Special Adviser Robert Mueller on the interference of the Russia and potential collusion with Trump campaign partners. Cohen also pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, a charge of misrepresentation to a financial institution, a charge for deliberately causing an illegal contribution from one company and another for excessive campaigning.
He is preparing in May to serve a three-year sentence.
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Trump Friday also complained that Democrats are now using testimonials to expand and pursue their own investigations.
"Oh I see, now that the case of Russian collusion, which lasted two years, has collapsed, there has been no more[sic] Crooked Hillary and the Democrats, they say, "Well, I have an idea, let's look at Trump's finances and all the deals he's made." Quietly follow Michael Cohen's case and the fraudulent and dishonest statements that He made Wednesday, "tweeted Trump on Friday.
"No way, it's time to stop this corrupt and illegal witch hunt. It is time to start looking at the other side, where real crimes have been committed. Republicans have been mistreated long enough. It must end now!
During his testimony, Cohen testified that he presented evidence in support of earlier claims that Trump arranged for the payment of hidden sums to two women – Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen accused Trump of being involved in a "criminal ploy to violate campaign finance laws". Cohen said on Wednesday that Trump had paid him $ 35,000.
"The manuscript of Michael Cohen shows that he committed a perjury of unprecedented magnitude. He had to forget his book during his testimony. What does Hillary Clinton's lawyer Lanny Davis say about this one? Is he paid by Crooked Hillary? Do you call on his lawyer? Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Cohen is represented by Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton ally.
The Republicans of the House Oversight Committee referred Cohen Thursday to the Justice Department, claiming that he had perjured himself during his testimony for several statements regarding his aspirations to work in the administration. Trump and his contracts with foreign companies. Davis retorted in a statement Thursday that his client had "sincerely" testified before the committee, calling the complaint "unfounded criminal remand" and "sad abuse of the criminal justice system with an aura of pure partisanship".
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Cohen also said on Wednesday that he would not commit to rejecting any type of book, film or television contract that his prison term would be over.