Cohen compares Trump to cult leader

President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE’s former personal attorney, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenEric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame Prosecutors considered charging Trump Organization CFO with perjury: report MORE, compared the president to a cult leader in an interview with NBC set to air Tuesday evening.

“I describe Mr. Trump as a cult leader, and I was in this cult,” Cohen, referring to his book, “Disloyal,” told NBC’s Lester Holt.

“While I was in the cult, I was really refusing to acknowledge that the actions I was performing for my boss were morally wrong,” Cohen added.


Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion and campaign finance violations in 2018. He was released into house arrest due to the coronavirus pandemic, before being rearrested. He filed a lawsuit arguing his return to prison was an attempt to prevent him from releasing the book, with a judge finding in his favor in late July.

Cohen said if he could he would tell Trump to "resign now."

"Let Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field MORE pardon you from any and all potential crimes that will come out against you, and that would be my recommendation to you," he told NBC.

In the book, Cohen reportedly refers to the president as an “organized crime don.” The tell-all reportedly says that the campaign finance scheme for which Cohen was convicted could lead to charges for the president after he leaves office.


“It never pays to settle these things, but many, many friends have advised me to pay,” Trump said, according to Cohen. “If it comes out, I’m not sure how it would play with my supporters. But I bet they’d think it’s cool that I slept with a porn star.”

Cohen also alleges in the book that he heard Trump make racist comments about former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden congratulates Trudeau for winning third term as Canadian prime minister Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling MORE and Nelson Mandela and that the president described Cohen’s then-15-year-old daughter as “hot.”

The White House has denied the allegations in the book, calling it “fiction” and noting that Cohen has previously pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.

"Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. "He has lost all credibility, and it's unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies."

Updated Sept. 8.