Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong

Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong

"I don't think there's anybody that believes that", Cohen told ABC News of Trump's denials.

"I don't know. One day at a time", he said.

Stephanopoulos asked Cohen point-blank if he thought Trump was telling the truth about the Russian Federation investigation.

He also said that Trump "doesn't tell the truth, and it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds".


"I will spend the rest of my life in order to fix the mistake that I made."


Cohen pleaded guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations which Trump can argue did not involve campaign finance.

Smith's comments came just after Cohen received a three-year sentence for allegedly violating campaign finance law.

He added that he's not sure if Cohen will be able to accomplish that, but noted that Trump's former self-described "fixer" is not being shy about "coming out and bashing the president".

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was "very concerned" about how their stories of alleged affairs with him "would affect the election". His explanations of the payments have shifted over time.

James told NBC News, "We will use every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well...."

"It's called flipping and it nearly should be illegal", said Trump. "He is a lawyer. That's why you pay them all the money - etc., etc".

"Michael Cohen is pleading guilty to something that isn't a crime", Smith wrote in National Review. "Others know the truth", said Cohen, who was sentenced Wednesday in NY and is due to surrender to custody by March 6.

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"Nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump", said Cohen. Cohen has said that he has substantial information to back up his claims.

When asked specifically about Cohen's claims that Trump had directed Cohen to make the payments, Gidley said: "I understand that".

"I knew what I was doing was wrong", Cohen told ABC News. That would have meant it appeared on the heels of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump talks about sexually assaulting women.

"He's a very different individual", Cohen said.

AMI has admitted to "keeping Cohen apprised" of negative stories about Trump. In an exclusive interview on Good Morning America, Cohen declared that the real goal behind the payoffs to Donald Trump's mistresses was to protect his presidential campaign.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of NY also announced they had reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer.

"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law", Mr. Trump tweeted " He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.

There was no immediate response from Trump to the Cohen interview, but a White House spokesman dismissed Cohen's comments as those of a "self-admitted liar". "Under no circumstances do I want to embarrass the president".

"I think the pressure of the job is much more than what he thought it was going to be".

Cohen, second from right, Trump's former lawyer, is accompanied Wednesday to his court appearance by his wife Laura Shusterman, and children Samantha and Jake. "It's not like the Trump organization where he would bark out orders and people would blindly follow what he wanted done", before continuing, "I will not be the villain of his story".

The former fixer also underscored that the goal of the transactions was to "help him and his campaign", which goes to the legal crux of the issue: potential campaign finance violations.

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