Michael Cohen has been spending his time behind bars writing an explosive tell-all book about his stint as President Trump’s personal lawyer and plans on releasing it before the election, according to three people familiar with the project.
Cohen, Inmate No. 86067-054, is being released early from federal prison because of concerns over coronavirus and after spending 14 days in quarantine will be reunited with his family and serve the rest of his three-year sentence at home.
Trump’s former fixer, who had been serving time at the minimum security facility in Otisville, New York, for financial crimes—including illegal hush-money payments to a Playboy playmate and a porn star who claimed they had affairs with Trump—had been slated for release in November 2021.
The actor and comedian Tom Arnold, who has been in regular contact with Cohen while he has been in prison, says Cohen told him the book would pull no punches.
“It’s like Jaws—you don’t see Jaws very much, but you hear the music, and for Trump, he knows Michael is coming and Trump better hear the Jaws music,” Arnold told The Daily Beast.
“He told me he’s been writing a book and he’s pissed. He told me he is going to spill the beans. What has he got to lose now?”
Rumors of Cohen, 53, penning a lurid expose on Team Trump have been swirling for years. The Daily Beast first reported in February 2018 that Cohen was shopping a book, tentatively titled Trump Revolution: From The Tower to The White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump, and he later reached an agreement with Center Street, the conservative imprint of publishing house Hachette, to publish it.
At the time Cohen told The Daily Beast “I have been working on a book and am extremely thankful that it has been well received and sought after by multiple publishers.”
However, the book deal was later scrapped owing to the myriad legal problems Cohen was facing at the time.
But Cohen remained determined to tell his side of the story and prison has given him the opportunity.
“He has been using his time wisely inside to write a book and no one should be surprised as he’s always talked about writing a book,” a person close to Cohen told The Daily Beast.
“Michael’s stories about Trump are incredible. He has saved a lot of them for when the time is right and the time is now right. Michael spent a long time with Trump—he is going to go into everything and he’s not going to hold anything back. He has paid his dues and he’s pissed he had to go to jail for this.”
Daily Beast: Michael Cohen Is Writing a Secret Tell-All to ‘Spill the Beans’ on Trump
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