Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong

Michael Cohen & Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer says Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.

Michael Cohen says he “gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty.” Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on “Good Morning America.”

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Cohen says that “of course” Trump knew it was wrong to make the hush-money payments, but he did not provide any specific evidence or detail in the interview.

The White House is dismissing Cohen’s accusations. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley blasted the media for taking Cohen seriously and “giving credence to a convicted criminal.”