While Cohen told the House Oversight Committee that President Donald Trump was a "racist", a "conman", and a "cheat", his proposed book offered glowing praise and specifically said that Trump wasn't a "liar".
In dramatic public testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, Trump's one-time "fixer" accused the president of breaking the law while in office and said for the first time that Trump knew in advance about a WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails that hurt his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen's damning testimony to Congress.
Cohen testified that Trump provided different information to different entities depending on his objectives.
Thursday, Cohen concluded three days of congressional testimony, two of which were closed to the public. Cohen also said Trump directed the plan to pay "hush money" ahead of the election to an adult movie actress who has said she had a sexual encounter with him. The reimbursement checks, which continued even after Trump took office, were at times signed by Weisselberg and Trump Jr., as well as by Trump himself.
He said prosecutors in NY were investigating conversations Trump or his advisers had with him after his office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last April.
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He seized on Cohen's concession that he had no direct evidence that Trump or his aides colluded with Russian Federation to get him elected, the primary question of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He broke with decades of precedent when running for the White House in 2016 with every USA president since Richard Nixon voluntarily doing so. "I've never been to the Czech Republic", Cohen said.
Cohen said prosecutors in NY were investigating conversations Trump or his advisers had with him after his office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last April. During the course of questioning by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Cohen alleged that Weisselberg, along with fellow Trump Organization officials Ron Lieberman and Matthew Calamari, had direct knowledge of the president fraudulently overvaluing his assets to insurance companies.
"I can tell you personally, [Cohen] said to me at least a dozen times, that he made the decision on the payments and he didn't tell you", Hannity told Trump.
Carlson was referring to a report in the Daily Mail, which said it obtained a copy of Cohen's book proposal. "I can say that on a number of the topics he testified about yesterday we were able to go into great detail, as well as issues important to us not brought up Tuesday's hearing", he told reporters.
"If there's a suspicion that Trump mishandled his taxes or misrepresented his income for tax or loan purposes - anything related to his finances - Weisselberg is the guy who will know", Cotter added.
In addition, a committee aide said the panel also anticipates inviting Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg to testify.
"He said there was no collusion and I was a little impressed by that, frankly, he only went about 95 per cent instead of 100 per cent".