It’s taken him two days, but Donald Trump has finally settled on a strategy for defending himself against the scathing and largely evidenced-supported claims that Michael Cohen made about him during his public testimony. The trouble: Trump’s strategy heavily relies on citing a book that doesn’t even exist.
Here’s what Donald Trump tweeted this morning: “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!” To the surprise of no one, it turns out Trump is lying.
For starters, it appears Trump has no idea what the word “transcript” means. You can’t have a “transcript” of a book. What Trump is actually referring to is a book pitch that Michael Cohen made more than a year ago (no one’s definition of a “short time ago”), back when Cohen was still lying for Trump, and it didn’t go anywhere.
But none of those facts stopped Donald Trump from upping the ante: “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?” It looks like Trump doesn’t know what the word “perjury” means either, because Cohen’s book pitch doesn’t disprove his subsequent testimony – and it’s not “perjury” to lie in a book pitch. Trump has nothing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report