By John Wagner | Washington Post
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump sought to attack the
credibility Friday of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen by
pointing to a book that he has reportedly proposed that depicts
Trump far more favorably than did the scathing testimony he
delivered to Congress this week.
“Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a
lie!” Trump said in morning tweets, in which he accused Cohen of
committing perjury during a congressional hearing and called on
Congress to demand the book manuscript, which Trump claimed was
“Your heads will spin when you see the lies,
misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday
testimony,” Trump wrote. “Like a different person! He is
Cohen spent three days on Capitol Hill this week in a dramatic
series of public and private hearings in which he apologized for
previously lying to lawmakers and divulged what he said Trump knew
about financial infractions and Russia’s interference in the 2016
In a public hearing before a House hearing on Wednesday, Cohen
also attacked Trump’s character, calling him a con man and a
racist and voicing deep regret for working by his side for more
than a decade.
In the wake of Cohen’s testimony, the president and his
Republican allies have aggressively sought to discredit the former
Trump loyalist, who has been sentenced to prison in part for lying
to Congress last year.
On Thursday, Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C.,
wrote to Attorney General William Barr, asking him to investigate
whether Cohen had perjured himself this week when he insisted
during his testimony that he had not wanted a job in the Trump
administration and had been content to serve as Trump’s personal
In a statement Thursday night, Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen,
said that he had testified truthfully during the Wednesday hearing
before the House Oversight Committee.
“It may not be surprising that two pro-Trump Committee members
. . . known now have made a baseless criminal referral,” Davis
said. “In my opinion, it is a sad misuse of the criminal justice
system with the aura of pure partisanship.”
Davis did not immediately respond Friday to a request for
comment on Trump’s morning tweets.
In his Friday tweets, Trump highlighted Davis’s associations
with the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton,
whom he referred to as “Crooked Hillary.”
The president also referenced a description of Cohen’s book as
a “love letter to Trump.” That echoed a characterization of a
Cohen book proposal by journalist Liz Plank of Vox Media during a
February 2018 appearance on MSNBC.
During that broadcast, MSNBC host Ari Melber said Cohen had
confirmed to him that he was working on a “tell-all book” about
In other tweets Friday, Trump suggested Democrats were using
Cohen to investigate his business dealings and finances because a
two-year investigation into possible coordination between Russia
and the Trump campaign “has fallen apart.”
Trump repeated his call to “stop this corrupt and illegally
brought Witch Hunt” and said prosecutors should start looking at
Democrats “where real crimes were committed.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the Russian
election interference and whether Trump obstructed the probe, is
expected to deliver a report to the Justice Department in coming
weeks on his findings.
Republicans seeking to discredit Cohen also seized Friday on a
video clip that has recently resurfaced from a November 2016
appearance by Cohen on CNN.
During the interview, Cohen is pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo
about whether he would move from New York to Washington with
Asked if there’s a chance Trump would ask him to take a job on
either “the political side” or the “governmental side,”
Cohen says, “I certainly hope so.” Asked if he’d go to
Washington, Cohen says, “One hundred percent.”
During Wednesday’s congressional testimony, Cohen told
lawmakers he was “extremely proud” to be the personal attorney
for Trump as he became president.
“I did not want to go to the White House. I was offered
jobs,” he said.
Davis issued a statement Friday calling the focus on the video a
“classic Trump tactic we have seen for a long time – divert and
disparage rather than confront facts and tell the truth.”
“The fact is, early on, Michael speculated about a possible
position in the Administration,” Davis said. “But he consulted
with his family and friends and decided he preferred to stay at
home in New York City and be ‘personal attorney to the
The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotoksy and Karoun Demirjian
contributed to this report.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Trump: Cohen’s future book proves he’s lying to Congress