White House Insists Trump ‘Did Nothing Wrong’ After Cohen Guilty Plea

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2018. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should... White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 22, 2018. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 22, 2018 2:54 p.m.

The White House maintained Wednesday that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea did not mean that President Donald Trump had broken the law, even though Cohen said he was instructed by Trump to break the law— and despite audio of Trump speaking to Cohen about a potential hush money payment related to one of the charges against Cohen.

“As the President has said, and we’ve stated many times, he did nothing wrong,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing Wednesday. “There are no charges against him and we have commented on this extensively.”

“Just because Michael Cohen made a plea deal doesn’t mean that that implicates the President on anything,” she added later.

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