Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, is currently serving a three-year sentence in home confinement following convictions for lying to Congress and financial crimes unrelated to his ex-boss.
In a move that likely did not come as a surprise to many pundits, Cohen has turned on Trump and is now planning on cashing in on his connection by writing a book being billed as a tell-all account of his time with the billionaire–turned–president, according to Breitbart.
“Wanted me dead”
According to Breitbart, Cohen announced the forthcoming book in a tweet on Thursday, declaring it is “coming soon” and sharing an image of its cover.
His tweet revealed the book’s title, Disloyal: A Memoir, as well as a subtitle promising the “true story of the former personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump.”
Coming Soon pic.twitter.com/z7JDSFsqhq
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 13, 2020
In an excerpt published ahead of the book’s release, Cohen compared Trump to a “mob boss” who would order unspeakable acts from behind the shield of plausible deniability.
“The President of the United States wanted me dead,” he wrote. “Or, let me say it the way Donald Trump would: He wouldn’t mind if I was dead. That’s how Trump talked.”
“Employing deliberate indirection”
As Breitbart noted, Cohen went on to claim that the president used “language carefully 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, confident, consigliere, and, at least in my heart, adopted son.”
The claims continue in the foreword for the book, where Cohen asserts that he has evidence of alleged collusion between Trump and Russian operatives ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Of course, these are all the words of a convicted felon who clearly has an ax to grind with the president. As for Trump, he has long dismissed his former lawyer as a liar — including his response to Cohen’s congressional testimony last year.
“He lied a lot,” Trump said, according to TIME magazine. “He said no collusion with the Russian hoax… I was actually impressed that he didn’t say, ‘Well I think there was collusion.’ He only went about 95% instead of 100%.”
There are plenty of Americans willing to believe any negative claim about the president. Everyone else, however, will take Cohen’s word with an appropriate grain of salt.