Trump says Cohen pitched ‘love letter’ book about him

Trump calls for Congress to demand manuscript as evidence against earlier testimony

Michael Cohen, former personalpresident Donald Trump, departs the US Capitol after testifying before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,  on February 28th. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Michael Cohen, former personalpresident Donald Trump, departs the US Capitol after testifying before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on February 28th. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

 

US president Donald Trump says his former lawyer Michael Cohen pitched a book to publishers that portrayed the US president in a favourable light, at odds with Cohen’s damning testimony to Congress.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said Mr Cohen’s manuscript was a “love letter” to him and said Congress should demand the manuscript as evidence Cohen’s testimony this week was “fraudulent” and “dishonest”.

Mr Cohen told a House panel that Mr Trump was a “racist, a conman and a liar”.

Reports last year indicated Mr Cohen was trying to pitch a book, one favourable about Mr Trump, and that Mr Cohen had an agreement with a Hachette Book Group imprint before his legal troubles ended the deal.

A person familiar with negotiations confirmed Mr Cohen’s book was submitted for auction, and that Hachette discussed an offer, but did not reach a deal. – AP