Cohen: Trump Directed Hush Payments, Was ‘Very Concerned’ About Impact On Election

Michael Cohen on ABC News Dec. 14, 2018.
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December 14, 2018 6:40 a.m.
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President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen admitted in an exclusive interview with ABC News released Friday morning that Trump not only directed him to make the hush payments to keep two women quiet about alleged affairs, but he did it to help his presidential election.

“He knew it was wrong?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos said in a excerpt of the interview released Friday.

“Of course,” Cohen said, just two days after he was sentenced to serve three years in prison for several federal crimes, including lying to Congress about some of the work he did for Trump.

Asked if Trump directed him to make the payments to help his election, Cohen said “yes.”

You have to remember at what point in time that this matter came about, 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,” he said. “I gave loyalty to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty.”

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