Cohen says Trump told him to make hush money payments

Michael Cohen apologized for covering up the “dirty deeds” of US President Donald Trump

That's why Cohen argues that the sole goal of paying off the women at that point was to salvage Trump's presidential bid. More investigations are expected after Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives next month, and some top members of the party have said Trump could face impeachment and prison. "Kind of like Judas".

US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. "First of all, nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump".

Asked if then-candidate Trump knew the payments were wrong, Cohen told ABC's "Good Morning America" program: "Of course".

Michael Cohen walks free from court.

His ABC interview appeared less than 48 hours after a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced him to three years in prison and imposed around $2 million in financial penalties. "Others know the truth", Cohen added. "Lying is not committing a crime". "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law".

The Washington Post found Trump's falsehoods so prolific that it began a feature tracking them since the start of his presidency. He said Trump wanted to quash false rumors that could hurt his family. "A president is entitled to make campaign contributions to his own campaign". "It's a bit of a problem for Trump".

"So, (Trump's) still lying?"

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His explanations of the payments have shifted over time.

President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he "never directed" his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, to break the law.

That is the version he told Fox News on Thursday.

"I knew what I was doing was wrong. That's why you pay them a lot of money", the President added. He is a lawyer.

"I never directed him to do anything wrong".

CBS News has confirmed that the president was in the room when Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed paying hush money in August 2015. Trump has admitted - after some denials previous year - that he was part of the decision to pay off the women. And Trump, according to published reports, was also present at that meeting.

"If it were, it's only civil, and even if it's only civil, there was no violation based on what we did", he said on Tuesday. He repeatedly said, "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation". "If it happened, or didn't happen".

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Trump had originally denied any knowledge of the payments, but later changed his tune, arguing that the payments weren't campaign contributions and therefore weren't illegal. He directed me to make the payments.

Gidley called Cohen a "self-admitted liar" and said "there are documents to prove it" but did not elaborate.

Some campaign finance experts agreed that the payments could be considered ordinary hush-money payments and not campaign-related. "He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters", Cohen said.

Prosecutors have said that in executing the payments, Cohen "acted in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump, who has denied having the affairs with the two women.

Later, he told Fox News he was being singled out for a grilling over payments that would not cause a ripple elsewhere among politicians.

Reiterating something he said in court Wednesday, Cohen said he feels unburdened by acknowledging what he did for Trump. "A lawyer should not answer that question". American Media Inc (AMI) said that it did so "in concert" with Trump's campaign.

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