Ex-Lawyer Cohen Says Trump Knew Hush Payments Were Wrong: ABC

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump directed hush payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign and knew the actions were wrong, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a television interview that aired on Friday.

“He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters,” Cohen, who was sentenced to prison this week over campaign finance and other charges, told ABC News. Trump has denied alleged affairs with the women years ago and offered a shifting defense about the payments. On Thursday tweeted that he never directed Cohen to break the law.

Cohen, speaking in his first interview since he was sentenced on Wednesday, said Trump at the time “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if voters knew about the alleged affairs and told him to pay off the two women — a former Playboy model and an adult film star.

The payments aimed to “help (Trump) and his campaign,” he added.

Federal law requires contributions of “anything of value” to a campaign be disclosed, and an individual donation cannot exceed $2,700.

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

Cohen on Wednesday was sentenced to three years in prison for the payments as well as unrelated crimes of tax evasion and misleading banks, and two months for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Chizu Nomiyama)

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WellHungChad
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And yet Trump never told him to commit tax fraud or lie to congress. Cohen’s a proven liar and tax cheat! So now we’re to believe that now he’s telling the truth? For once? Lying for a reduced sentence perhaps?

Millie Tyler
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Duh! Of course hush money payments are wrong. It’s called blackmail. The women were saying, “Give me your money or I will speak out publicly during a time that you are under pressure and duress.”

Michael
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I’m sure he did. How many times has Trump changrd his story on this? I did not have an affair. I did not pay these women. Cohen paid these women without me knowing. I knew about it, but it was a private matter. I have never seen one person lie so much. What a disgrace!

Cherl
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Wouldn’t believe Cohen is he said my hair was on fire and it was! Just looking at his past dealings WITHOUT Trump makes everything he says suspicious. Too bad the same scrutiny hasn’t been applied to the Clintons. She still gets undying support and her actions are substantiated. To liberals hate is a terrible thing to waste. Get over it!

Rocky Drummond
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“Trump at the time “was very concerned about how this would affect the election””

His base didn’t care one bit about anything he did in the past. The unbudging, reliable, rock-solid 30% excused everything, one way or another. What made him doubt them about these two affairs?

Leftiesrloony
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Leftiesrloony

All an act!

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