Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is going to jail for campaign finance violations, and he says President Donald Trump directed him to commit crimes.
In an interview with ABC News that aired Friday, Cohen said that the special counsel investigating Trump and his campaign led by Robert Mueller has evidence that backs up his claims.
Cohen told George Stephonopolus that even though he lied to Congress initially, people can believe him now because there is evidence to back him up.
“The special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them was credible and helpful,” he said. “There’s a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth.”
The former Trump lawyer told Stephonopolus he no longer has any loyalty to the president.
“I am done with the lying. I am done being loyal to President Trump and my first loyalty belongs to my wife, my daughter, my son and this country.”
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EXCLUSIVE: "The special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them was credible," Michael Cohen tells @ABC.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 14, 2018
Cohen was sentenced to three years in jail this week, but Cohen also implicated the president in his guilty plea and said “of course” Trump knew what he was doing was wrong.
“First of all, nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump,” he said. “He directed me, as I said in my allocation and I said as well in the plea, he directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters.”
He went on to state that the hush money payments made toward women who claimed to have affairs with the then-presidential candidate were made with the campaign in mind.
“You have to remember, at what point in time that this matter came about,” Cohen said. “Two weeks or so before the election. Post the Billy Bush comments, so yes, he was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”
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EXCLUSIVE: "I will not be the villain of his story," Michael Cohen tells @ABC News' @GStephanopoulos, saying that Pres. Trump knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments during 2016 presidential campaign.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 14, 2018
Trump is denying any involvement in the wrongdoing. He tweeted this week that he did not direct Cohen to do anything illegal and called the hush money payments “simple private transactions.”
Cohen is now regretting his decision to lie for the president and back him up. “I gave loyalty to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty.”