Cohen Leaves Room For Book Deal, TV Contract After Prison


Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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Former presidential attorney Michael Cohen refused to commit to not profiting from a book deal or a TV contract after serving time in federal prison during Wednesday questioning before the House Oversight Committee.

“Can you commit under oath that you have not and will not pursue a book or movie deal based on your experiences work for the president?” North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx asked Cohen.

Cohen replied, “No.” Foxx pressed Cohen further, saying, “Can you commit under oath that you will not pursue upward opportunities to provide commentary for a major network with your experiences working for the president?”

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court after his sentencing hearing, December 12, 2018 in New York City. Cohen was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty in August to several charges, including multiple counts of tax evasion, a campaign finance violation and lying to Congress. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer … (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“No,” Cohen replied again, before also refusing to commit to not running for political office in the state of New York.

Cohen made extraordinary claims against President Donald Trump during his testimony, saying, “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.” (RELATED: Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Charge In Mueller Probe)

US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. - US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen delivered a blistering attack on his former boss as he was sentenced to three years in prison on December 12, 2018 for multiple crimes. "It was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen said as he pleaded for leniency before US District Judge William H. Pauley III.Cohen, 52, said he was taking responsiblity for his crimes "including those implicating the President of the United States of America." (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen … (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cohen also charged that Trump had advanced knowledge and directed a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to stop her from going public with an affair allegation against him weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York in December to evading taxes, knowingly working with Trump to circumvent campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress on the nature of a Trump Tower Moscow project.

Prosecutors targeting Cohen told the court that the aim of the payments to Daniels and Karen McDougal were made to hide his affairs.