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Michael Cohen Says Trump Knew Hush Money Payments Were Wrong

HeadlineDec 17, 2018

The president’s former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, told ABC News that Donald Trump directed him in 2016 to make illegal payments to two women who alleged they had sexual affairs with Trump. Cohen’s interview with George Stephanopoulos was recorded one day after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion, bank fraud and lying to Congress, and after Cohen admitted he broke federal campaign finance laws by paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign.

Michael Cohen: “He directed me to make the payments. He directed me to become involved in these matters, including the one with McDougal, which was really between him and David Pecker and then David Pecker’s counsel. I just reviewed the documents … in order to protect him. I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty.”

George Stephanopoulos: “He was trying to hide what you were doing. Correct?”

Michael Cohen: “Correct.”

George Stephanopoulos: “And he knew it was wrong?”

Michael Cohen: “Of course.”

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