In 2017, Trump said "there were very fine people, on both sides" of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, in which one counterprotester was killed. In Helsinki, Trump appeared to accept as genuine Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election — a position that broke with U.S. intelligence.
Trump appeared to be referring to Cohen's book deal with Hachette Book Group that was reportedly in the works in early 2018, but fell apart after FBI agents raided Cohen's properties in April. Cohen said Wednesday that that deal was worth about $750,000, for a book to be titled "Trump Revolution: From the Tower to the White House, Understanding Donald J. Trump." He testified that he turned down the deal.
The White House did not confirm to CNBC whether Trump was referencing that book deal specifically.
Trump called on Congress to "demand the transcript" of that book. "Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited," Trump wrote.
The suggestion that the alleged manuscript, written before the falling out between Cohen and Trump, would not match Cohen's sworn testimony Wednesday is likely.
But Cohen already admitted on multiple occasions in that hearing that he told lies for Trump.
"The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump," Cohen said. "Today, I'm here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump."
Trump continued venting rage on Twitter against Cohen, as well as the newly revealed and continued investigations into Trump's finances.
Trump then returned to the "book manuscript," which "shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before."
"He must have forgotten about his book when he testified," Trump said.