Michael Cohen Clashes With British Journalist Who Calls Him 'Worst of…American Political Culture'

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen clashed with a British journalist on Thursday night as she grilled him over claims in a new tell-all memoir about his career under the commander-in-chief.

BBC Newsnight presenter Emma Barnett asked Cohen if he represented "the worst of what American political culture has become" after criticizing the former attorney for swearing "blind loyalty" to Trump and later attacking him in a book.

Cohen then called her question "obnoxious" and accused the presenter of not knowing anything about him and failing to read his book Disloyal: A Memoir before interviewing him.

"Sorry, you don't get to accuse the BBC of fake news here," Barnett hit back. "I have read the book. I know what my question is, and if you're offended by it, that's one thing, but please answer it because it's accurate."

“The Trump organisation is a cult.”

Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, says he was “intoxicated by Trump’s celebrity power” and he’s “not proud” of what he did while working for President Trump #Newsnight pic.twitter.com/Txmk8tMCtF

— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) October 22, 2020

Cohen said her question was "not accurate" and accused the interviewer of "taking out snippets" to make a statement.

"And again, I'm not asking for your forgiveness," he added. "I'm not asking for anyone's forgiveness, other than my wife and my children."

Earlier in the fiery interview, Cohen called Barnett "completely misinformed" after she said the "cult" around Trump that he claimed to have been drawn in by paid him a lot of money.

"This is not a rags to riches story of me working for Trump, I was retired when I was 39 years old," the president's former attorney added. "I was what's called a centimillionaire at the time, I was worth close to £100 million."

He later claimed he could not have "lived off of the salary" Trump was paying him, but remained his lawyer because he was "completely intoxicated" by the president's "celebrity power" having read about him since the late 1980s.

"Why should we believe a single word you have to say?" Barnett asked. "You're the worst kind of lawyer because you've been disloyal about your own client having gone around doing his dirty work for him, and now you're trying to say you were hypnotised by Donald Trump. Who do you think is going to believe that?"

Cohen claimed that "many people" had forgiven him and said it was "completely irrelevant" whether the BBC presenter forgave him or not.

The former attorney worked for Trump between 2006 and 2018, and briefly served as the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is serving a three-year federal prison sentence under home confinement having been indicted on fraud and campaign finance violation charges.

Trump's Former Attorney Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former attorney arrives at his Park Avenue home after being released from federal prison on July 24, 2020 in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images