The president may manipulate ballots and “even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office” if he loses, Cohen told NBC’s Lester Holt in a clip released Friday.
“My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020,” added Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer.
Cohen’s memoir about the years he spent as Trump’s fixer, titled “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released this week. The book reportedly contains salacious details about Trump, including the story of an alleged incident involving “golden showers in a sex club in Vegas,” according to the foreword written by Cohen.
The White House has dismissed the tell-all book as “fan-fiction.”
In 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including lying to Congress amid the Russia investigation and violating campaign finance laws. He served the first year in prison before being released under house arrest because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cohen’s full interview with Holt will air Tuesday on NBC.
Check out the preview clip here:
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