“Michael Cohen is a shamed criminal and disbarrassed lawyer who lied to Congress,” she said in a statement. “He’s lost all credibility, and it’s not surprising that he’s been trying to capitalize on lies recently.” A Trump organization spokeswoman did not respond to an email asking for comment.
In Mr. Cohen’s narrative, his lies were on behalf of Mr. Trump, be it in an investigation or trying to make good headlines for him. Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to a handful of financial crimes and a campaign funding violation in connection with payments to former film actress Stephanie Clifford, who went by the stage name Stormy Daniels, in 2018.
Mr. Cohen is defiant of these acts in the book, claiming that he is innocent of some of the crimes he pleaded guilty to and that he was a victim of the US government’s “conviction machine” that threatened his wife. He writes extensively about how he was released from a minimum security prison in Otisville, NY, to serve the remainder of his sentence at home, only to be thrown back in prison for not signing a document that would allow him to Publication of the book prohibited. A judge later ruled the government’s move was in retaliation, and Mr. Cohen was released to the detention center for the remainder of his sentence.
He sheds little new light on what he shared with Robert S. Mueller III, the former special adviser who is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and claims that Mr Trump’s weakness is primarily for Mr Putin in potential deals there is a general admiration for authoritarian power and a shared hatred of Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump loved Mr Putin for his boldness to “take over an entire nation and run it as if it were his personal company – like the Trump organization,” writes Mr Cohen.
The possibility of a Trump Tower project in Moscow seduced his boss, writes Cohen. The businessman’s children did not favor Felix Sater, a criminal and advisor with close ties to Russia, who brought the project in. So Mr. Cohen handled it, he writes. This project was checked by Mr. Müller.
Mr. Cohen describes the Trump organization as loosely reminiscent of the Mafia, with Mr. Trump as a potential family donation.