President Trump was busy boosting North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un in Vietnam when Michael Cohen gave his testimony to the House Oversight Committee, but he’s back now and already having a normal one on Twitter.
In his usual post-bombshell meltdown, Trump pointed to a manuscript Michael Cohen was shopping around before being raided by the FBI and claiming it makes Cohen’s recent testimony a “lie.”
Wow, just revealed that Michael Cohen wrote a “love letter to Trump” manuscript for a new book that he was pushing. Written and submitted long after Charlottesville and Helsinki, his phony reasons for going rogue. Book is exact opposite of his fake testimony, which now is a lie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2019
Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2019
According to Daily Beast, Cohen’s book was titled Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump and was being pitched to publishers as a kind of rebuttal to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.
While Trump is trying to make the case that the nice things Cohen allegedly says about him in the 2018 manuscript are some kind of smoking gun proving his recent testimony was a lie, that… doesn’t make sense.
Cohen was saying plenty of nice things about Trump, right up until federal prosecutors charged him with violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s behest. And Trump was saying nice things about Cohen too, calling him a “good man.”
It’s not a crime to lie in a book, and it is a crime to lie to Congress (as Michael Cohen knows, having done that before).
Trump continued his Twitter tirade with one of his trademark typo-ridden self-dialogues.
Oh’ I see! Now that the 2 year Russian Collusion case has fallen apart, there was no Collusion except bye Crooked Hillary and the Democrats, they say, “gee, I have an idea, let’s look at Trump’s finances and every deal he has ever done. Let’s follow discredited Michael Cohen.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2019
...and the fraudulent and dishonest statements he made on Wednesday. No way, it’s time to stop this corrupt and illegally brought Witch Hunt. Time to start looking at the other side where real crimes were committed. Republicans have been abused long enough. Must end now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2019
He then added a layer of conspiracy theory on top, suggesting (with no evidence, obviously) that Hillary Clinton was footing the bill for Cohen’s legacy defense:
Michael Cohen’s book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before. He must have forgotten about his book when he testified. What does Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one. Is he being paid by Crooked Hillary. Using her lawyer?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2019
In other news, longtime Trump Organization CFO Andrew Weisselberg is expected to be subpoenaed by the House Democrats. According to Axios, House Democrats are gearing up to subpoena members of Trump’s family too.