In the book, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York details efforts by the Trump administration’s Justice Department to have words alluding to Trump removed from indictment documents for Michael Cohen, a reported the Times. Berman also writes how former Attorney General Bill Barr tried to have Cohen’s conviction overturned in 2018.
Barr reviewed Cohen’s prosecution and expressed concern that prosecutors used the wrong provision of the law, according to a person familiar with the episode. Strauss and other prosecutors prepared memos that ultimately agreed with Barr’s criticism, but the guilty plea was unaffected, which Barr was happy with.
CNN’s Kara Scannell contributed to this report.