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Michael Cohen pitched book claiming Trump was not a liar

Michael Cohen pitched book claiming Trump was not a liar

Postby smix » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:01 am

EXCLUSIVE: 'Crazy, Dumb, Paranoid, Liar' - these things have been said about my boss...NONE of it is true!' Inside Michael Cohen's '$750,000' book deal and how he pitched the proposal praising Trump just weeks before the FBI raided his office
Daily Mail

URL; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -liar.html
Category: Politics
Published: February 28, 2019

Description:
* Michael Cohen has turned on Trump now, but just weeks before the FBI raided the office of the president's longtime personal attorney he pitched a book proposal
* Cohen wanted to paint Trump in a positive light, starting off the proposal by saying the president is not 'crazy, dumb, paranoid, in over his head, or a liar'
* He promised chapters on both first lady Melania Trump and Trump's children, as well as 'the unfortunate saga' of Stormy Daniels
* He sent his book to several potential publishers, and one, Hachette, reportedly was willing to pay him $750,000 for his words
* In the proposal, Cohen said his most important job in his role as special counsel to the Trump Organization was 'looking out for Mr. Trump and his family'
* The now-disbarred attorney said his role mostly took place behind the scenes
The 52-year-old writes: 'No issue was too big, too sticky or too oddball for me to tackle. I saw it all, handled it all. And still do'
* In a testimony to Congress on Wednesday, Cohen admitted to working out hush money payments for Trump, who he now accuses of being a racist and a conman
* The deal with Hachette's imprint Center Street eventually fell apart after Cohen was charged with the crimes that will now land him in prison for three years
* Cohen also told Congress he would not rule out accepting TV, movie or book deals

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President Donald Trump is not crazy. Nor is he dumb or paranoid. Certainly he is not in over his head. Is he a liar? Nope. And he is not addicted to TV either. Who says so? None other than Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer who eviscerated Trump in three days of testimony before Congressional committees this week. Cohen's comments were in a book proposal that the jail-bound disbarred attorney was shopping around in the weeks before the FBI raided his offices last year. DailyMail.com has reviewed a copy of that proposal. At the time he had nothing but good things to say about his boss who had entered the White House a little more than a year earlier. Cohen was pushing a book with the working title 'Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump,' that he proposed to write. He sent his book to several potential publishers last year, and one, Hachette, reportedly was willing to pay him three-quarters of a million dollars for his wise words. But Cohen, who is due to start a three-year prison term in May for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and making false statements, thought he could do better and continued to seek more money, DailyMail.com can reveal. 'I doubt he was offered $750,000,' one publishing executive told DailyMail.com. 'If he was, he was a fool not to take it. 'Everything he wanted to say about Trump was positive,' added another executive who discussed the deal with Cohen. 'Even in our meeting he was glowing with praise for the president.' The executive said Cohen did not tell him whether Trump knew about the planned book. The deal with Hachette's conservative imprint Center Street eventually fell apart after Cohen was charged with the crimes that will now land him in prison. In the proposal, Cohen, now 52, said his most important job in his role as special counsel to the Trump Organization was 'looking out for Mr. Trump and his family.' He added: 'Most of my work took place behind the scenes. Unless it was the sort of situation that required me to come through the front door with a wrecking ball, that is – in which case my involvement was pretty obvious. 'No issue was too big, too sticky or too oddball for me to tackle. I saw it all, handled it all. And still do.' He started his proposal with a list of unflattering barbs that have been thrown at Trump since he became Commander-in-Chief. 'Crazy'; 'Dumb'; 'Paranoid'; 'In Over His Head'; 'Liar'; 'Addicted to TV'; 'Hates the Media'. All of these things have been said about my longtime boss, Donald J. Trump,' Cohen added. 'None of it is true. Except maybe that last one – about the media. Trump does believe that reporters are out to get him, and for a very good reason. Many of them are. 'That doesn't make him paranoid,' wrote Cohen. 'That makes him a realist.' The nearest Cohen came to criticizing Trump at the time was when he admitted he is 'an exceedingly tough boss,' adding that could clearly be seen by the 'revolving door' at the White House, which by the time of writing had included the departures of national security advisor Michael Flynn, press secretary Sean Spicer, chief of staff Reince Priebus, communications director Anthony Scaramucci; chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland, health and human services secretary Tom Price, communications director Omarosa Manigault Newman, FBI director James Comey and – just days before he wrote his proposal - McFarland's successor Dina Powell. Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and staff secretary Rob Porter would be gone just days later. Cohen said in his proposal that he was the ideal person to write a book about Trump, which he said would be told 'by the guy who actually witnessed this stuff first-hand and lived to tell about it.' '(F)irst and foremost, I think I have a unique point-of-view to offer,' he bragged. 'One that is based not on headlines, brief encounters or armchair analysis from afar, but on my own up-close and personal observations and experiences with Donald Trump and his family over the past dozen years. 'That so many people are confused by Trump is not surprising to me. His world is a highly complex and nuanced place; it also has clear and very specific rules of order. Most people don't understand that – or him – at all. That's not really their fault. Because here's the thing about Trump: Despite his hyper-public profile Donald Trump is -- and has always been -- an enigma to most people. 'That is by design, and I'll be talking a lot about that, as well,' he said. Cohen promised chapters on both first lady Melania Trump and Trump's children, as well as 'the unfortunate saga' of Stormy Daniels, the porn star to whom Cohen paid $130,000 – money which he told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday that Trump had repaid him in a series of $35,000 checks. Cohen wrote his proposal on January 24, 2018, less than three weeks after the publication of the first critical book about the Trump presidency, Michael Wolff's 'Fire And Fury,' which claimed the White House was a chaotic place where '100% of the people around him' believe Trump is unfit for office. His book proposal was in stark contrast to his words to the oversight committee and to two other Congressional panels which he addressed in private. On Wednesday he said Trump 'is a racist, he is a con man and he is a cheat.' 'I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,' he added. 'My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family's happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation, and soon my freedom. 'I will not sit back say nothing and allow him to do the same to the country.' He even made the startling claim that if Trump loses next year's election 'there may be no peaceful transfer of power.' But in early 2018, Cohen was full of praise for the man he had served for a dozen years. He said he would use the book to 'unravel and explain' mysteries that surround the president. Those would include: 'Trump's communications style, management style, negotiating tactics, combat profile, Twitter battles and family dynamics. Along with the Russia probe and the revolving door at the White House. 'I have a lot to say about all of this stuff, with the understanding that there are some things I simply can't talk about because I am, as I said at the outset, Trump's longtime lawyer. But there's plenty I can talk about, so here I am.' And he signed off on his proposal on a highbrow note. This, after all, would not be a downmarket tell-all, but a serious tome which would help people see what makes Trump tick. 'By offering my point-of-view, it is my sincere hope that I can help close or at least narrow the knowledge gap,' he wrote. 'For reporters, who have the important job of covering Trump; for lawmakers, who need to work constructively with Trump to get things done for our country; for global leaders who aspire to work collaboratively with America; for supporters, who have faith and put Trump into the White House; for critics, whose continued vigilance helps Trump and the Republican party get better at their jobs - Democrats, too. And for anybody else, no matter what your party or affiliation, who has an interest in gaining a better understanding of the world, ways and methodology of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.'
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Trump says Cohen’s newly revealed book proposal blows up testimony: ‘Totally discredited!’

Postby smix » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:37 am

Trump says Cohen’s newly revealed book proposal blows up testimony: ‘Totally discredited!’
Fox News

URL: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump- ... iscredited
Category: Politics
Published: March 1, 2019

Description: President Trump on Friday blasted Michael Cohen over a newly reported book proposal that apparently painted the president in a positive light, saying his former lawyer's pitch contradicts this week's congressional testimony and renders him “totally discredited.” “Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote ‘a love letter to Trump’ manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which is now a lie!” Trump tweeted Friday. “Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!” he continued. The president’s tweets come after the Daily Mail exclusively obtained a proposal reportedly dated Jan. 24, 2018 and titled “Trump Revolution: From The Tower to the White House.” Cohen reportedly was shopping the pitch to publishers just weeks before the FBI raided his office as part of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York’s criminal investigation into his personal business dealings. According to the Daily Mail, Cohen’s book would have touted Trump, countering descriptions of his then-boss as "crazy," "dumb," "paranoid" and hateful toward the media. The pitch reportedly said: "All of these things have been said about my longtime boss, Donald J. Trump. None of it is true. Except maybe that last one – about the media. Trump does believe that reporters are out to get him, and for a very good reason. Many of them are." The Mail reported that Cohen promised chapters would focus on first lady Melania Trump and Trump’s children, as well as the “unfortunate saga” of Stormy Daniels. "By offering my point-of-view, it is my sincere hope that I can help close or at least narrow the knowledge gap," he reportedly wrote. The book deal was reportedly being negotiated with Hachette’s Center Street, but ultimately collapsed when Cohen was charged by SDNY. But the revelation of Cohen’s proposal comes after the now-disbarred attorney delivered scathing testimony about Trump before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Cohen called Trump a “racist,” a “conman” and “a cheat.” “Since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself. He is capable of behaving kindly, but he is not kind. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous. He is capable of being loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal,” Cohen said in his opening statement Wednesday, adding that “to our nation, I am sorry for actively working to hide from you the truth about Mr. Trump when you needed it most.” Yet he also testified he started having his doubts about the president after the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and Trump's handling of white supremacist violence and rallies in Charlottesville, Va. While the book proposal came before the Helsinki summit, it came well after the Charlottesville violence, and a full year into Trump's presidency. Republicans on the oversight committee, like Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, blasted Cohen, questioning why he continued to work for Trump for 10 years and claiming that Cohen turned on the president after he didn't get a job in the White House. Cohen denied wanting to work in the administration. Cohen’s high-profile congressional testimony came after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates. Cohen also pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution. He is reporting in May to serve a three-year prison sentence. Trump on Friday also complained that Democrats are now using the testimony to expand and pursue their own investigations. “Oh’ I see! Now that the 2 year Russian Collusion case has fallen apart, there was no Collusion except bye[sic] Crooked Hillary and the Democrats, they say, ‘gee, I have an idea, let’s look at Trump’s finances and every deal he has ever done. Let’s follow discredited Michael Cohen and the fraudulent and dishonest statements he made on Wednesday,” Trump tweeted Friday. “No way, it’s time to stop this corrupt and illegally brought Witch Hunt. Time to start looking at the other side where real crimes were committed. Republicans have been abused long enough. Must end now!” he continued. During his testimony, Cohen said he brought evidence to support previous claims that Trump organized the hush-money payments to two women—Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Cohen accused Trump of being involved in a “criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws.” Cohen testified Wednesday that Trump repaid him in $35,000 installments. “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. What does Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one. Is he being paid by Crooked Hillary. Using her lawyer?” Trump tweeted Friday morning. Cohen is represented by Lanny Davis, a longtime Clinton ally. On Friday, Davis responded to Trump in a statement: “Sometime in early 2018, Mr. Cohen was offered a substantial advance for a proposal regarding a book on understanding Donald Trump. Mr. Cohen ultimately elected not to proceed. In other words, POTUS has yet lied again...but what’s the difference between 9000 or 9001 lies?” House Oversight Committee Republicans on Thursday referred Cohen to the Justice Department, claiming he committed perjury during his testimony over several statements made regarding his aspirations of working in the Trump administration and his foreign business contracts. Davis countered in a statement Thursday that his client testified "truthfully" before the committee, calling the complaint a "baseless criminal referral" and "sad misuse of the criminal justice system with the aura of pure partisanship.” Cohen also testified Wednesday that he would not commit to rejecting any type of book, movie, or television deal when his prison sentence is complete.
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Michael Cohen could get a book deal after serving prison time

Postby smix » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:06 pm

Michael Cohen could get a book deal after serving prison time
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/02/28/michael-c ... ison-time/
Category: Politics
Published: February 28, 2019

Description: Is there any chance Michael Cohen, the former fixer for President Trump who turned rat and was disbarred as a lawyer, could revive a book deal? Industry insiders say it’s possible but could take awhile, especially considering the three-year sentence from his guilty plea in Manhattan federal court. But one industry source pointed to the example of former White House counsel John Dean, who testified against President Richard Nixon, et al., in the Watergate scandal. “He made a whole career out of writing books,” noted the insider. Long before Cohen was ensnared as a central player in the Trump investigations, he had sought to cash in and had a tentative deal with the Center Street imprint of Hachette Books to write “The Trump Revolution: From the Tower to the White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump,” according to the Daily Beast. The deal was apparently signed in the early days of 2018 shortly after news emerged of the payoff to alleged Trump mistress/porn star Stormy Daniels — but before the feds’ raid on Cohen’s home and offices in April 2018, which eventually resulted in his guilty plea. The book deal was history shortly thereafter, the Daily Beast reported at the time. And nothing seems imminent at the moment. Mel Berger, the agent at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment who reportedly brokered the scrapped deal, did not return calls. But the industry insider predicted: “Somebody will do it.” It just might be after any prison term.
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