US President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the Oval office on June 24, 2020. Photograph: Saul Loeb, AFP via Getty Images

Lizzie James


20 August 2020

Another Trump tell-all expected to be published just before elections

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer has been allowed to publish his tell-all book on the President while in home confinement from prison.

The agreement between Michael Cohen and the justice department, made at the end of last month, means that he is free to speak to journalists and use social media to promote his new book.

After once professing that he’d take a bullet for Trump, Cohen’s book promises explosive allegations against the President. It is entitled, Disloyal: The true story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.

Thanks to a nationwide scheme that grants some federal inmates release and confinement to their homes due to COVID-19, the 53-year-old expelled lawyer was allowed to return home and pursue publishing the highly anticipated book.

Last year Cohen was sent to Otisville federal prison after pleading guilty to campaign violations, lying to congress and tax evasion.

While Michael Cohen was convicted, Trump denied any wrongdoings in respect to hush money paid to a porn star and playboy playmate who claimed to have had an affair with the president, before the 2016 election that he won.

Cohen had served almost one year of his sentence before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and was released over concerns about his health.

After a 14-day quarantine, he’ll be allowed to reunite with his family and serve the rest of his three-year sentence in his Trump-owned New York apartment.

The expected publication will arrive just months after Mary Trump, the president’s niece, released her tell-all book detailing Trump’s upbringing and family.

This rekindled controversy could work in Cohen’s favour, however. The legal disputes over whether Mary Trump was violating a non-disclosure agreement seemed to boost her sales, reaching almost 1 million sold copies on the day of publication.

And Michael Cohen isn’t the only one trying to get his story out before the upcoming election either. The former advisor to Melania Trump will publish an unflattering account of the first lady in September as well.

Cohen has said his exposé includes “graphic and unflattering details” about his former boss’ behaviour. He’s accusing the president of being a “racist,” a “cheat” and a “conman.”

People can expect “behind closed doors” details of the president’s behaviour, and accounts of “racist and anti-semitic” language that he uses, as he talks about well-known jewish and black people, including Barack Obama, the former US President.

Michael Cohen’s tell-all is expected to be published in late September 2020 – just in time for the November 3rd election where Trump hopes to be voted to serve another term as US President.