Michael Cohen released the foreword of his upcoming book Disloyal: A Memoir. The true story of the former personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump detailing his acts as Trump’s fixer.
Cohen wrote in the foreword,
“I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them.”
“In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”
Skyhorse Publishing is the publisher of Cohen’s book and on his website, Cohen is selling signed copies for $40 and unsigned hardcovers for $32.50.Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple crimes, including lying to Congress. He was released last month to home confinement after suing the Department of Justice, alleging he was taken back into custody in retaliation for the book.
Cohen is launching his publicity campaign, tweeting “coming soon” along with a copy of the book cover, which depicts a photo of him dressed in a suit that is imposed over the bars of a prison cell.
In the foreword, Cohen writes that he was a “demented follower” who acted as Trump’s bully, fixer and designated thug.
“I stiffed contractors on his behalf, ripped off his business partners, lied to his wife Melania to hide his sexual infidelities, and bullied and screamed at anyone who threatened Trump’s path to power.”
Our cellphones had the same address books, our contacts so entwined, overlapping and intimate that part of my job was to deal with the endless queries and requests, however large or small, from Trump’s countless rich and famous acquaintances.”
Cohen also addressed the investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and his role on the Trump Tower Moscow project.When Cohen pleaded guilty, he admitted that he lied when he told Congress that the discussions about the project ended before Trump’s campaign began in earnest — in truth, he said, they continued well into 2016 campaign — and about his communications with members of the Trump family.
“Trump had colluded with the Russians, but not in the sophisticated ways imagined by his detractors.
I also knew that the Mueller investigation was not a witch-hunt. Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything — and I mean anything — to ‘win’ has always been his business model and way of life.”
He alleges that Trump
“attempted to insinuate himself into the world of President Vladimir Putin and his coterie of corrupt billionaire oligarchs. I know because I personally ran that deal and kept Trump and his children closely informed of all updates, even as the candidate blatantly lied to the American people saying, ‘there’s no Russian collusion, I have no dealings with Russia…there’s no Russia.'”
In a court filing, Cohen also said that the book will provide
“graphic and unflattering details about the President’s behavior behind closed doors” including Trump’s “pointedly anti-Semitic remarks and virulently racist remarks against such Black leaders as President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela, neither of whom he viewed as real leaders or as worthy of respect by virtue of their race.”
Trump’s attorneys sent Cohen a cease-and-desist letter earlier this year to block the publication of the book. Cohen’s attorney, Danya Perry said Cohen had signed a non-disclosure agreement but Cohen says he has no recollection of signing one.