The Latest On The Mueller Investigation Following Cohen's Sentencing

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Previously, Trump stated he had never directed Cohen to break the law. This week, Trump said on Twitter that the payments were a "private transaction" and not at all related to the campaign. Under US law, an individual donation can not exceed $2,700.

"Of course", Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer, said when asked by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos whether the president was fully aware of what he was doing when Cohen made the payments.

"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the president of the United States of America, but somehow or another this task has now fallen onto my shoulders", he said, then added, "I will spend the rest of my life in order to fix the mistake that I made".

In a misspelt tweet, Mr Trump recently claimed there was no "smocking gun" but the campaign finance violation charges are different.

Trump has also denied any collusion with Moscow during the 2016 campaign and called the investigation led by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller "a witch hunt".

Cohen, who pleaded guilty to all the charges against him, told the court that he had felt it was his "duty to cover up".

Cohen said he lied for Mr. Trump for a decade, something he did out of "loyalty". "The man doesn't tell the truth, and it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds".

Trump has denied having sexual relations with either of the women. He knows the truth.

Trump further said, "Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis".

Michael Cohen right President Donald Trump's former lawyer accompanied by his children and wife arrive at federal court for his sentencing for dodging taxes lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws
National Enquirer company says hush money payment made 'in concert' with Trump campaign

The prosecutors said American Media knew corporations such as itself were subject to campaign finance laws that forbid payments "made for purposes of influencing an election and in coordination with or at the request of a candidate or campaign". If this potentially violates campaign finance law, if President Trump was involved, as has been suggested, what does this mean legally for the president himself? The publication said that Trump asked Pecker "what he could do to help his presidential campaign".

Trump said Thursday his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was a "weak person" who was lying to get a reduced sentence after the fixer admitted misleading Congress over the Russian Federation investigation.

COHEN: More than 10 years.

The conversation gravitated around Cohen's interview with ABC, during which, he got emotional as he rebuked the president for claiming he didn't direct the illegal hush money schemes to suppress the stories of his extramarital affairs.

However, Cohen's lawyers argued the defendant should be spared jail after he cooperated in multiple federal investigations involving the president. Mueller referred the Cohen prosecution to federal prosecutors in NY earlier this year. "That is why they get paid".

He noted that Mueller has found the information he provided credible, and that Mueller's team possesses "a substantial amount of information that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth".

NY prosecutors say then-candidate Trump was involved in making a $150,000 payment to McDougal through American Media Inc.


"I am done with the lying, I am done being loyal to President Trump."


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