Michael Cohen has said Donald Trump is 'guilty of the same crimes' that landed him in a federal prison, after the former fixer pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.
In his upcoming tell-all memoir the president's former personal lawyer has offered a blow-by-blow account of Trump's alleged role in a hush money conspiracy involving porn star Stormy Daniels.
Cohen, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations, calls himself the 'star witness' of the scandal that still could culminate in charges for Trump after he leaves office.
He described his new book, Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, as a 'fundamental piece of evidence' of the president's guilt. The memoir bookshelves Tuesday, despite his currently serving out a three-year federal prison sentence.
The White House called Cohen's memoir 'fan fiction.'
'He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,' White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in a statement. 'It's unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.'
Michael Cohen, pictured, has said Donald Trump is 'guilty of the same crimes' that landed him in a federal prison, after the former fixer pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress
One of Cohen's convictions stemmed from his efforts to arrange payouts to porn actress Stormy Daniels, pictured, following her alleged extramarital affairs with Trump
One of Cohen's convictions stemmed from his efforts to arrange payouts during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from speaking out about their alleged extramarital affairs with Trump, who has denied the affairs.
Cohen has said Trump directed him to make the payments. He ultimately was sentenced to three years in federal prison and disbarred.
In the book's foreword, Cohen also refers to the Trump Tower Moscow project he lied to Congress about — a real estate deal he pursued on Trump's behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign.
'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,' Cohen writes in the foreword.
'He crushed or cheated all who stood in his way,' he adds, 'but I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them.'
Cohen also pleaded guilty to crimes unrelated to his Trump work, including tax evasion and lying to a financial institution.
Trump, despite his later protestations, green-lighted the $130,000 payment to silence Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, reasoning he would 'have to pay' his wife a far greater sum if the affair ever became known, Cohen writes, adding the president later reimbursed him with 'fake legal fees.'
'It never pays to settle these things, but many, many friends have advised me to pay,' Trump said, according to Cohen. 'If it comes out, I'm not sure how it would play with my supporters. But I bet they'd think it's cool that I slept with a porn star.'
Cohen's allegations — his most detailed to date — are part of an unsparing and deeply personal put-down of Trump.
He assails Trump as an 'organized crime don' and 'master manipulator,' but allows that he saw much of himself in a man he once considered a father figure.
'I care for Donald Trump, even to this day,' Cohen writes, 'and I had and still have a lot of affection for him.'