Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has released a foreword to his new book in which he calls the president “a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man,” and accuses him of cheating in the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen also makes reference to “golden showers in a sex club in Vegas,” without specifically stating that the president took part in such acts, and alludes to “catch and kill conspiracies to silence Trump’s clandestine lovers.”

“Apart from his wife and children, I knew Trump better than anyone else did,” Cohen wrote in the foreword to the book Disloyal, which was released on Thursday.

“In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man,” he added.

The foreword of the book contains several serious allegations against the president.

Cohen claims that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia was “not a witch hunt,” and that his former boss willingly accepted the help of Russia.

“Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything — and I mean anything — to ‘win’ has always been his business model and way of life,” he wrote.

“Trump had also continued to pursue a major real estate deal in Moscow during the campaign. He attempted to insinuate himself into the world of President Vladimir Putin and his coterie of corrupt billionaire oligarchs. I know because I personally ran that deal and kept Trump and his children closely informed of all updates,” he wrote.

Cohen, who previously described himself as Trump’s personal “fixer”, was handed a three-year prison sentence in 2018 for lying to the U.S. Congress and campaign finance violations involving hush money to women who have claimed to have had affairs with the president.

Cohen was released from jail in May this year to serve the rest of his sentence at home as part of measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He was briefly sent back to jail for allegedly violating the terms of his release by writing a tell-all book, before a judge ruled that it was “retaliatory” and therefore illegal.

Trump’s attorneys tried to block the release of the book, claiming Cohen had signed a non-disclosure agreement that prohibited him from talking about his work with the now-president.

While he was behind bars, Cohen – while seeking home detention – wrote that he was an “enabler” for the Trump Organization, lured by its “magnetic, charismatic and powerful” figurehead.

In a six-page sworn affirmation filed in a U.S. District Court in December, Cohen said that everything he “thought was important and valuable has been painfully revealed as derived” from a “Faustian bargain” in which he cast the president as the Devil, to whom Cohen “sold his soul” and “foolishly frittered away his integrity” on behalf of the president.

Cohen has repeated claims that his former boss cheated in the 2016 presidential election and “colluded” with Russia.

Cohen, in the foreword to his book said Trump “colluded with the Russians, but not in the sophisticated ways imagined by his detractors.”

Cohen’s claims largely repeat similar accusations he has made in the past, which were denied by Trump with slight alterations.

During his testimony to Congress in February last year, Cohen called Trump a “cheat,” and claimed he knew ahead of time about WikiLeaks’s release of emails in 2016 that damaged his opponent Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

At the time, he said he “wouldn’t use the word colluding” to describe his dealings with Russia, but added that there was “something odd” about the president’s relationship with Russian President Putin.


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