His astonishing response overnight included a barrage of confusing and angry tweets as well as a weird appearance on Fox News. Mr. Trump - who initially told reporters he knew nothing about the payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels - said Cohen should have known the law better.
Trump knew hush payment was "wrong" and did it to help his campaign.
In his tweets Thursday, Trump also said that Cohen had pleaded guilty to two of the criminal charges against him - which range from campaign finance crimes to tax evasion and bank fraud - "to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence". He admitted hiding the fact that he was negotiating a proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow well into the presidential campaign.
When asked if the president also knew it was wrong to make the payments, Cohen replied, "Of course", adding that the objective was to "help [Trump] and his campaign". Cohen and federal prosecutors alleged he did.
He tweets: "If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!".
"Of course" he asked me to do illegal things, Cohen said of his client.
Trump denies either fling took place, but Cohen says the payments were made at the direction of the president.
"With the number of people who have been contacted by the Russians in the Trump organization that have acknowledged they've lied, well they've got to come back now and tell the truth", said Warner, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light", Cohen told the judge, referring to Mr Trump.
In the interview broadcast Friday, Cohen spoke about the president and real estate mogul one day after being sentenced to serve three years in federal prison for his actions as Trump's attorney during the 2016 campaign.
But Trump argued that the case did not apply to campaign finance laws, and argued that it was not criminal, despite prosecutors charging Cohen.
The company owns the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer. Cohen cooperated knowing "the president might shut down" Mueller's investigation, Petrillo said. Trump has denied the affairs and any involvement in the payments. As part of a non-prosecution agreement, AMI agreed that the "principal purpose" of the agreement with McDougal was to "suppress" her story so it did not influence the election.
Some legal analysts think the president could be charged with felony campaign finance violations when he leaves office.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, previously indicated that the payment to Stormy Daniels was made "to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president's family" and "it would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not".
According to The Daily Signal, "Last year, it was reported that Congress has secretly paid out over $17 million to settle close to 300 cases by staffers claiming sexual and other forms of harassment and discrimination".
'You mean he can do all of the bad, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?
There is evidence some Trump associates discussed the upcoming WikiLeaks dump of the hacked emails. Russian Federation has denied USA allegations of interfering in the election to help Trump. But so far, Mueller has not indicated that he could prove this. The Federal Election Commission, which typically handles smaller campaign finance violations, where the actions aren't willful, with civil penalties that are typically fines, docked the Obama campaign $375,000 for regulatory civil violations.
There are also other ways Trump could have broken the law by trying to hinder government investigations.
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