President Donald Trump on Friday called on Congress to demand the “transcript” of a book manuscript written by his former lawyer Michael Cohen, which he pitched to publishers before his personal legal problems surfaced.
The Daily Mail and other conservative outlets reported about Cohen’s book proposal this week, when the president’s former personal “fixer” testified before Congress. The Daily Beast first reported on the proposal’s existence, and Cohen’s attempts to publish it, more than a year ago.
“Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a ‘love letter to Trump’ manuscript for a new book that he was pushing,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie!”
Cohen told the Daily Beast last February: “I have been working on a book and am extremely thankful that it has been well received and sought after by multiple publishers.” He will soon begin a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, making false statements and lying to Congress.
“Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago,” he added in a second tweet. “Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!”
“Michael Cohen’s book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before. He must have forgotten about his book when he testified,” Trump tweeted later.
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