Michael Cohen, the disgraced American attorney and so-called “fixer” for President Donald Trump, released a lengthy foreword on Aug. 13, 2020, for his upcoming memoir on what he both allegedly witnessed and helped orchestrate during his time as Trump’s lawyer and right-hand man. And if the excerpt is anything to go by, his latest entry into the canon of Trump-related exposés is bound to raise hackles, if not eyebrows.
Set for a September 2020 release, Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, will detail Cohen’s time as Trump’s attorney, a tenure he held from 2006 until 2018, the same year he “pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including lying to Congress and campaign finance violations over hush money payments made to women who alleged to have had sexual relations with Trump,” NPR reported.
Per the excerpt shared on Disloyal’s website, coverage will include everything from Trump’s alleged unethical business practices to his private life. Cohen, who got disbarred from practicing law following his conviction, has categorized every alleged move his former boss has ever made as a litany of “sins and crimes,” all from the heart and mind of a “bully” and “predator,” among other things. “I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them,” reads a line from Cohen’s self-published foreword, and it seems like Disloyal‘s aim will be to unearth them one by one.
So what exactly does Michael Cohen intend to reveal? As it appears, everything is on the table.
Michael Cohen's tell-all takes Trump to task
According to the excerpt Michael Cohen released for his upcoming Trump tell-all, Disloyal, the former attorney was given a front-row seat to President Donald Trump’s day-to-day operations in his public, personal, and entrepreneurial spheres due to his position as Trump’s “fixer” and legal adviser. As a result, he became one of his closest de facto confidantes.
“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,” Cohen claimed in the newly-released excerpt for his memoir.
Cohen also admitted his complicity in Trump’s alleged underhanded dealings and unsavory coverups as a “demented follower.” According to Cohen, his misdeeds included “lying to [Trump’s] wife Melania to hide his sexual infidelities, and bullying and screaming at anyone who threatened Trump’s path to power.” He explained how later he came to categorize their corrupt relationship as “a Faustian bargain…I would do anything to accumulate, wield, maintain, exert, exploit power.”
Although Cohen’s book will most likely pique the interest of the American public, his inclusion of more unsavory details could be what ultimately drives sales for his book. And unsurprisingly, the White House is already taking measures to discredit Cohen’s supposed tell-all.
The White House slams Michael Cohen's book
Although Michael Cohen’s bonafide literary indictment on Donald Trump and memoir Disloyal promises to delve into political, behind-the-scenes fare (including Trump’s controversial relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin), it certainly isn’t the tell-all’s entire focus. And if Cohen’s 3,700-word foreword is anything to go by, details concerning Trump’s alleged unsavory aspects are the kind more likely to be found within the pages of your favorite tabloid than a cabinet briefing.
Among the more tawdry anecdotes (which Cohen says are corroborated by “documentary evidence,” per CNN) include “golden showers in a sex club in [Las] Vegas” and “catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers.” The latter of these appears to allude to Trump’s alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, the subsequent cover-up of which was also purportedly orchestrated by Cohen.
Not-so-surprisingly, the Trump administration quickly moved to discredit Cohen’s accounts before publication — first through a failed gag order, and then by dismissing it as “fan fiction,” according to CNN. Whether Cohen’s book will turn out to be a searing arraignment of Trump’s presidency or it will prove to fall apart under scrutiny has yet to be seen, but regardless of the outcome, it’s bound to be a saga of epic proportions.
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