Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen revealed in an interview that the President knew it was wrong to pay hush money to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During an interview with ABC News after being sentenced to prison, Cohen said it was Trump himself who directed him to pay the two women named Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about alleged affairs with the then-presidential candidate during the elections.
Cohen added that the purpose was to help Trump and his campaign. He confirmed that nothing was done without Trump’s consent.
“Nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump,” he said.
Cohen took the full responsibility of his deed and even went on to warn the people of the United States to not believe in President Trump’s words.
“People of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying,” Cohen continued. “The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.”
The US President has, however, denied Cohen’s accusations and took to Twitter to reiterate the same. He revealed that he never directed Cohen to break the law.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Thursday.
He added that Cohen had pleaded guilty to embarrass the president and get a reduced prison sentence.
Cohen’s comments come after he was sentenced to three years in federal prison earlier this week. He was pronounced guilty for lying to Congress about a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow, tax evasion and two campaign finance violations in connection with the deals with the women, who claimed to have past affairs with Trump. He confessed to arranging a $150,000 payment to Ms. McDougal and making $130,000 payment to Ms. Daniels. He will begin his sentence on 6 March 2019.