Trump's Fixer Michael Cohen Portrays Himself as 'Star Witness' in New Memoir

A new memoir from President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will make more criminal allegations against the president and accuse him of ingrained racism and misogyny.

Cohen is currently serving a three year jail sentence for a range of crimes, including making false statements to Congress. His book—"Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump"—is due to be published Tuesday.

Cohen describes himself as a "star witness" in the book, according to the Associated Press, which obtained a pre-publication copy of the memoir. He claims Trump is "guilty of the same crimes" he was convicted of, and says the new book is a "fundamental piece of evidence" proving Trump's guilt.

Perhaps the most infamous story involving Cohen is the reported $130,000 hush-money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an extramarital affair with Trump.

Cohen claims Trump approved the $130,000 payment to Daniels ahead of the 2016 election, saying his boss reasoned he would "have to pay" his wife Melania far more if the affair became public. Cohen said the president later reimbursed him with "fake legal fees"

Cohen writes that Trump told him: "It never pays to settle these things, but many, many friends have advised me to pay... If it comes out, I'm not sure how it would play with my supporters. But I bet they'd think it's cool that I slept with a porn star."

The White House has dismissed the book as "fan fiction." Spokesperson Brian Morgenstern told the AP that Cohen "readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales...It's unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump."

Cohen remained staunchly loyal to Trump until he was arrested for campaign finance violations, fraud and other crimes. He has since become a vocal critic of his former client, and his new book brands the president an "organized crime don" and "master manipulator."

Cohen also describes Trump's alleged racism and misogyny, accusations of which have dogged his presidency. The president feels "hatred and contempt" towards predecessor President Barack Obama, Cohen says, according to The Washington Post which also obtained a copy of the book.

Cohen says Trump believes Obama was only admitted to Columbia University and Harvard Law School was because of "f****** affirmative action."

Trump also showed general contempt for Black people, Cohen says, claiming they were "too stupid" to vote for him. While criticizing Obama, the president also allegedly said: "Tell me one country run by a black person that isn't a ****hole. They are all complete f****** toilets."

This even extended to late South African President Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leftist revolutionary who became the country's first black head of state. When Mandela died in 2013, Cohen claims Trump said he did not consider Mandela "a real leader—not the kind he respected."

Rather, Trump allegedly claimed that country would have been better continuing under its racist apartheid rule. "Mandela f***** the whole country up," Cohen said Trump remarked. "Now it's a ****hole. F*** Mandela. He was no leader."

Cohen's book alleges routine misogyny and inappropriate behavior around women. Cohen recalls seeing Trump looking at women during his Miss Universe Pageant and claiming he could "have all of them." Cohen also claims to have seen Trump corner and forcibly kiss women in his office.

Cohen also claims that Trump made inappropriate comments about his 15-year-old daughter in 2012. After Cohen's daughter finished a tennis match, he claims Trump said: "Look at that piece of ***...I would love some of that."

On Russia, Cohen writes that the president's deference to President Vladimir Putin is all about making money off Moscow. Cohen said Trump made "overt and covert attempts to get Russia to interfere in the 2016 election."

Trump respected Putin, Cohen writes, because the Russian strongman was able "to take over an entire nation and run it like it was his personal company—like the Trump Organization, in fact."

Cohen claims to have been the point man for Trump's failed effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, the push for which began in 2015. The Red Square building would have been 120 stories high and housed a five-star, an Ivanka Trump-branded spa, Trump restaurants, and luxury condos for Russian oligarchs and officials.

Trump also planned to give Putin the penthouse apartment for free "as a way to suck up" to him. "The whole idea of patriotism and treason became irrelevant in his mind," Cohen writes of the president. "Trump was using the campaign to make money for himself: of course he was."

Cohen writes that he once saw the president as "a visionary with a no-nonsense attitude and the charisma to attract all kinds of voters," though admitted he wanted Trump to run for office "because I wanted the power that he would bring to me."

"I confess I never really did understand why pleasing Trump meant so much to me," Cohen writes. "To this day I don't have the full answer."

"I was the canary in the coal mine for the millions of Americans who are still mesmerized by the power of Trump," he explains. He accuses Trump of having "led the nation and maybe even the world to the brink of disaster."

Though Cohen claims he still has "a lot of affection for him," the disgraced lawyer says he is publishing the book to support his family. "This story is all I have left for my wife, my children and the country I love so much," Cohen writes.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, arrives at his Park Avenue apartment on May 21 in New York City. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images/Getty

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