Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong

Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong

Cohen, Trump and David Pecker, chairman of the company that owns the National Enquirer, had a meeting at Trump Tower in August of 2015 to discuss ways the media company could help the campaign, including buying the silence of women who might talk publicly about affairs with Trump, according to documents made public by federal prosecutors.

According to the report, NY prosecutors also are investigating "whether some of the committee's top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or to influence official administration positions, some of the people said".

"Inaccurate", Cohen said of that message.

He was asked in the ABC News interview about money paid to two women to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the then-presidential candidate.

Trump has also vehemently denied wrongdoing, tweeting on Thursday that he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law".

When reminded that Trump had also repeated those claims in an interview on Fox News, Cohen called the remarks "inaccurate".

In response to Cohen's claim, Giuliani told CNN that Trump has "never lied about the Russian Federation investigation" and reiterated the claim that the probe is much ado about nothing.

Details regarding what Trump allegedly said are unclear.

Admitting he told lies for Trump for "more than 10 years" out of "loyalty" to someone he admired, Cohen said he felt he needed to tell the truth in order to gain his freedom, despite his recent prison sentence.

In a sentencing memo filed last week, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of NY wrote that "Individual 1" - Trump - directed Cohen to make the hush money payments, which are felony campaign finance violations. "He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters". "I stood up before the world [on Wednesday] and I accepted the responsibility for my actions", the former Trump lawyer said of his sentencing earlier this week.

"He knows the truth".

"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the President of the United States of America".

Cohen told ABC News Trump is a very different person than the man he used to work for. "And it's sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds".

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

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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Friday that by reporting Cohen's claims, the media "is giving credence to a convicted criminal". He's a self-admitted liar.

The lawyer said that Trump had been "very concerned" about how the allegations of affairs would "affect the election" if they were to go public.

Federal prosecutors contend Trump directed the payments in a bid to help his election prospects.

Trump's explanations of the payments have shifted over time.

Cohen is scheduled to report to prison March 6.

"Nothing at the Trump organisation was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump", Cohen said.

In his ABC interview, Cohen rejected those accusations, saying they're "absolutely not true".

On the day of Cohen's sentencing, the Gateway Pundit reported that prosecutors for the Southern District of NY announced that they had reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media, Inc., the company that paid $150,000 to one of the women.

Finally, by ignoring these other parts of the statute and its implementing regulations (which carry the force of law), the prosecutors attempt to make the "for the goal of influencing any election" language a subjective test that would, but for the plea bargain, be decided by a jury.

Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said that after Mueller completes his investigation, Cohen would cooperate with congressional committees as they consider possible wrongdoing by Trump and his aides.

Loyalty has always been a core value for Trump, who has been stung by the behavior of Cohen and other former associates who have dissociated themselves from the president, intent on saving themselves. Trump has denied collusion. "He attacks my family", Cohen said.

The Cohen criminal cases have intensified the legal pressure on Trump, whose presidency has been clouded by multiple investigations and lawsuits including a USA special counsel probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the president's team conspired with Moscow to help him win.

Considering Cohen was charged for lying to Congress, Stephanopoulos asked Cohen a justified answer: "Why should we believe you now?"

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

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