Who says so? None other than Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer who eviscerated Trump in three days of testimony before Congressional committees this week.
Cohen’s comments were in a book proposal that the jail-bound disbarred attorney was shopping around in the weeks before the FBI raided his offices last year. DailyMail.com has reviewed a copy of that proposal.
At the time he had nothing but good things to say about his boss who had entered the White House a little more than a year earlier.
Cohen was pushing a book with the working title ‘Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump,’ that he proposed to write.
He sent his book to several potential publishers last year, and one, Hachette, reportedly was willing to pay him three-quarters of a million dollars for his wise words.
But Cohen, who is due to start a three-year prison term in May for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and making false statements, thought he could do better and continued to seek more money, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was pushing a positive book about working for Trump in the weeks before the FBI raided his offices last year. DailyMail.com has obtained a copy of his proposal a day after Cohen delivered a scathing testimony to Congress about Trump, who he now calls a racist and a conman
‘I doubt he was offered $750,000,’ one publishing executive told DailyMail.com. ‘If he was, he was a fool not to take it.
‘Everything he wanted to say about Trump was positive,’ added another executive who discussed the deal with Cohen.
‘Even in our meeting he was glowing with praise for the president.’
The executive said Cohen did not tell him whether Trump knew about the planned book.
The deal with Hachette’s conservative imprint Center Street eventually fell apart after Cohen was charged with the crimes that will now land him in prison.
In the proposal, Cohen, now 52, said his most important job in his role as special counsel to the Trump Organization was ‘looking out for Mr. Trump and his family.’
He added: ‘Most of my work took place behind the scenes. Unless it was the sort of situation that required me to come through the front door with a wrecking ball, that is – in which case my involvement was pretty obvious.
‘No issue was too big, too sticky or too oddball for me to tackle. I saw it all, handled it all. And still do.’
He started his proposal with a list of unflattering barbs that have been thrown at Trump since he became Commander-in-Chief. ‘Crazy’; ‘Dumb’; ‘Paranoid’; ‘In Over His Head’; ‘Liar’; ‘Addicted to TV’; ‘Hates the Media’.
‘All of these things have been said about my longtime boss, Donald J. Trump,’ Cohen added. ‘None of it is true. Except maybe that last one – about the media. Trump does believe that reporters are out to get him, and for a very good reason. Many of them are.
‘That doesn’t make him paranoid,’ wrote Cohen. ‘That makes him a realist.’
In the proposal, Cohen, 52, said his most important job in his role as special counsel to the Trump Organization was ‘looking out for Mr. Trump and his family.’ Pictured: Cohen with Trump on the campaign trail in 2016
The nearest Cohen came to criticizing Trump at the time was when he admitted he is ‘an exceedingly tough boss,’ adding that could clearly be seen by the ‘revolving door’ at the White House, which by the time of writing had included the departures of national security advisor Michael Flynn, press secretary Sean Spicer, chief of staff Reince Priebus, communications director Anthony Scaramucci; chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland, health and human services secretary Tom Price, communications director Omarosa Manigault Newman, FBI director James Comey and – just days before he wrote his proposal – McFarland’s successor Dina Powell.
Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and staff secretary Rob Porter would be gone just days later.
Cohen said in his proposal that he was the ideal person to write a book about Trump, which he said would be told ‘by the guy who actually witnessed this stuff first-hand and lived to tell about it.’
‘(F)irst and foremost, I think I have a unique point-of-view to offer,’ he bragged. ‘One that is based not on headlines, brief encounters or armchair analysis from afar, but on my own up-close and personal observations and experiences with Donald Trump and his family over the past dozen years.
‘That so many people are confused by Trump is not surprising to me. His world is a highly complex and nuanced place; it also has clear and very specific rules of order. Most people don’t understand that – or him – at all. That’s not really their fault. Because here’s the thing about Trump: Despite his hyper-public profile Donald Trump is — and has always been — an enigma to most people.
‘That is by design, and I’ll be talking a lot about that, as well,’ he said.
Cohen promised chapters on both first lady Melania Trump and Trump’s children, as well as ‘the unfortunate saga’ of Stormy Daniels, the porn star to whom Cohen paid $130,000 – money which he told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday that Trump had repaid him in a series of $35,000 checks.
Cohen said in his proposal that he was the ideal person to write a book about Trump, which he said would be told ‘by the guy who actually witnessed this stuff first-hand and lived to tell about it.’ Pictured: Cohen on January 15, nearly 10 days before he wrote his proposal
Cohen wrote his proposal on January 24, 2018, less than three weeks after the publication of the first critical book about the Trump presidency, Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire And Fury,’ which claimed the White House was a chaotic place where ‘100% of the people around him’ believe Trump is unfit for office.
His book proposal was in stark contrast to his words to the oversight committee and to two other Congressional panels which he addressed in private. On Wednesday he said Trump ‘is a racist, he is a con man and he is a cheat.’
‘I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,’ he added. ‘My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation, and soon my freedom.
‘I will not sit back say nothing and allow him to do the same to the country.’
He even made the startling claim that if Trump loses next year’s election ‘there may be no peaceful transfer of power.’
But in early 2018, Cohen was full of praise for the man he had served for a dozen years. He said he would use the book to ‘unravel and explain’ mysteries that surround the president. Those would include: ‘Trump’s communications style, management style, negotiating tactics, combat profile, Twitter battles and family dynamics. Along with the Russia probe and the revolving door at the White House.
‘I have a lot to say about all of this stuff, with the understanding that there are some things I simply can’t talk about because I am, as I said at the outset, Trump’s longtime lawyer. But there’s plenty I can talk about, so here I am.’
And he signed off on his proposal on a highbrow note. This, after all, would not be a downmarket tell-all, but a serious tome which would help people see what makes Trump tick.
‘By offering my point-of-view, it is my sincere hope that I can help close or at least narrow the knowledge gap,’ he wrote. ‘For reporters, who have the important job of covering Trump; for lawmakers, who need to work constructively with Trump to get things done for our country; for global leaders who aspire to work collaboratively with America; for supporters, who have faith and put Trump into the White House; for critics, whose continued vigilance helps Trump and the Republican party get better at their jobs – Democrats, too. And for anybody else, no matter what your party or affiliation, who has an interest in gaining a better understanding of the world, ways and methodology of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.’