Cohen, former Trump attorney promises to publish 'hidden scandals' in his book 'Traitor'
Former personal attorney and aide to President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, claimed in the introduction to his new book, "Traitor: Memoirs," that Trump would not relinquish his position peacefully because he knew he would face a prison sentence when he leaves the White House.
"Aside from his wife and children, I knew Trump better than anyone else," Cohen wrote, "and in some ways, I knew him better than his family knew about him because I witnessed his true personality, in strip clubs, suspicious business meetings, and in the moments that happened." Reflecting who he really is: a cheat, a liar, a trickster, a bully, a racist, a predator, and a crook.
Cohen metaphorically said he knew where Trump's buried "scandals" were because he was the one who buried them.
Cohen wrote the book while in a prison in northern New York State, where he was serving a prison sentence after confessing to financial crimes and for lying to Congress.
In July a judge ordered his release as he claimed that the government sought to punish Cohen for the book and return him to prison after his release earlier in May.
In the introduction, he discussed the possibility of Trump losing the presidential election in November, as he currently trails Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in opinion polls.
"With the passage of months, when I think about this man that I know well, he becomes more and more convinced that Trump will not leave office peacefully," he wrote. "The scandals that have emerged in recent months will continue to appear at higher levels of betrayal and deceit. If Trump wins for another four years, these scandals will only be the tip of the iceberg," he said.
"I am sure Trump knows he will face jail time if he leaves office," he adds. "From his cold behavior to his lewd chants," Lock her up! In reference to the 2016 Trump campaign slogan in which he attacked his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump and his Republican allies accuse Cohen of being a liar seeking to promote his book when he testified before Congress last year, in which Cohen accused Trump of having committed electoral crimes and seeking to broker a real estate deal in Moscow in 2016, and then lied about not having any relationship with Russia before the election.
In the introduction, Cohen did not explain the crimes for which he claims Trump feared imprisonment, but wrote: “From the golden baths of a sex club in Vegas, to tax fraud, to deals with corrupt officials of the former Soviet Union, to arrest and murder plots, to silencing His undercover mistresses, I was not only a witness to the president's rise, but I was an active and anxious participant. ”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cohen's new allegations.
Trump has called Cohen a "rat" and a liar, and Cohen has said he has faced repeated death threats from Trump supporters.
There have long been concerns that Trump might refuse to leave office if he loses the election, and these concerns are driven in part by the president's own statements.
In an interview in July with Fox News host Chris Wallace, Trump refused to confirm his acceptance of the election, win, or loss.
The president said, in hesitant and unconfirmed terms, "I must see, no. I tell you I must see. No, I will not say yes, I will not say no."
In an allegation that election officials and experts have repeatedly rejected, Trump also said that the expected increase in mail-order ballots in this year's elections, due to the coronavirus pandemic, would lead to widespread electoral fraud.
He also refused to give the US Postal Service additional funds to address the expected increase in postal ballots before the election.
Democrats accused the president of seeking to delegitimize thousands of votes.
Biden tells The Daily Show in June and a donors conference in July that his biggest fear before November is that Trump will try to "steal" the election.
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