WH: ‘Ridiculous Accusation’ That Trump Lied About Knowledge Of Cohen Payments

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22:  White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders conducts a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Tuesday President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen addmitted in court that Mr. Trump directed him to break campaign finance laws by paying off two women who said they had sexual relationships with Mr. Trump at the same time that TrumpÕs former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight counts of tax and bank fraud.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said it was a “ridiculous accusation” that President Donald Trump may have lied when he denied having knowledge of the payments his lawyer Michael Cohen made to women who alleged having an affair with Trump.

Just a few months ago, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that “no” he did not know about the hush payments Cohen had made just days before the 2016 election. But in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Trump admitted that he found out about the payments “later,” but wasn’t aware of them at the time they were made.

In an audio recording of a conversation between Trump and Cohen, the President was heard discussing the payments with Cohen not long before they were made.

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