President Donald Trump said Friday that his former lawyer Michael Cohen shopped a book to publishers that portrayed Trump in a favorable light, vastly at odds with Cohen’s damning testimony to Congress.

In a tweet, Trump said that Cohen’s manuscript was a “love letter” to him and that Congress should demand the manuscript as evidence Cohen’s testimony this week was “fraudulent” and “dishonest.”

Cohen told a House panel Trump was a “racist,” ”a con man” and “a cheat.”

“Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen’s new book, given to publishers a short time ago,” Trump tweeted. “Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!”

Cohen testified to the House oversight committee in public Wednesday and to a House intelligence panel behind closed doors on Thursday.

Reports last year indicated that Cohen was shopping a book, one favorable about Trump, and that Cohen had an agreement with a Hachette Book Group imprint before his legal troubles ended the deal.

Cohen’s spokesman, Lanny Davis, said Friday that Cohen was offered a “substantial advance” nearly a year ago “for a proposal regarding a book on understanding Donald Trump. Mr. Cohen ultimately elected not to proceed.”

Davis added that “POTUS has yet lied again.”

A person familiar with negotiations confirmed that Cohen’s book was submitted for auction and that Hachette discussed an offer but didn’t reach a deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

Cohen, who is expected to begin a three-year prison sentence in May, told the House oversight committee on Wednesday that “it seems unbelievable that I was so mesmerized by Donald Trump that I was willing to do things for him that I knew were absolutely wrong.”


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