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As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

18 December, 2018, 10:08 | Author: Ted Wilson
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"You guys all know that and for him to say, "I'm going to stop lying, starting now", is somewhat silly". The media company admitted to "working in concert" with the Trump campaign to pay off a woman who claimed she had an affair with Mr. Trump in order to quash her story.

"He directed me to make the payments".

The president claimed that Cohen bore responsibility for any criminal violations of campaign finance law but also asserted that Cohen "probably was not guilty" of even civil violations related to the payments to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels - a view at odds with that of many lawyers.

Asked whether Trump knew the payments were wrong, Cohen said: "Of course".

That work specifically involved two hush money payments totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars that Cohen made on Trump's behalf to two women who alleged affairs with the president in the run-up to the 2016 election in violation of campaign finance laws. He pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, and later pleaded guilty to an additional count of lying to Congress.

The US president is entering his third year in office facing an increasingly perilous situation as federal prosecutors and Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion with Russian Federation close in on him and his inner circle.

In an Oval Office interview with Reuters prior to Cohen's sentencing, Trump laid out a similar narrative about the hush-money payments.

After Cohen was sentenced, Trump claimed what Cohen told prosecutors was a lie.

"The man doesn't tell the truth".

Both women, to have Affairs with Trump.

The President's former fixer - who once said he'd "take a bullet" for Trump - told ABC News he "gave loyalty to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty" and that he "should not be the only one taking responsibility for his actions".

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District Judge William H Pauley III rejected arguments by Cohen's lawyers that he should be spared jail because he cooperated in multiple federal investigations involving Mr Trump. "Under no circumstances do I want to embarrass the president".

Asked if he believed Trump was telling the truth about Russia's meddling in the USA election, Cohen said "no" - but declined to comment further.

Trump's tweets Thursday were his first public comments about Cohen since his sentencing.

"Very simply, Michael Cohen is lying, and he is trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me", the president said.

"There's a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth", he said.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti said Cohen deserved to go to prison.

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he had never directed Cohen to do anything illegal, and that Cohen should have known better. It is called 'advice of counsel.'. "That is why they get paid", he tweeted.

As the courtroom drama unfolded Wednesday, Trump remained largely silent and ignored reporters' questions about Cohen during an executive order signing event at the White House.

Cohen's wife, two kids were there, as was more of his family.

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced a cooperation deal with the company, American Media Inc.

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