Trump Tells Fox News He Knew About Hush Money Payments ‘Later On’

Trump's Former Lawyer Says US President Told Him to Pay off Two Women

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"They didn't come out of the campaign, they came from me and I tweeted about it", Trump said.

A more serious potential legal development for Trump is his former lawyer, Cohen, telling a federal judge earlier Tuesday in New York City that he made hush money payments to two women "for the principal goal of influencing the election" of Trump and that the presidential candidate ordered him to do so.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said impeaching Mr. Trump is "not a priority" for Democrats, telling the Associated Press after the Cohen and Manafort court decisions that "impeachment has to spring from something else".

Earhardt asked the president whether he knew about the hush payments.

Cohen's own lawyer, in a string of interviews early Wednesday, took aim at the president, dubbing him a "criminal".

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Mr Trump has granted presidential pardons to conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio but Mr Davis said his client would not accept a presidential pardon.

US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that hush payments made by his former lawyer before the 2016 election did not breach campaign finance rules. "And they didn't come out of the campaign, and that's big".

'On July 2, 2018, Michael Cohen declared his independence from Donald Trump and his commitment to tell the truth, ' the page reads. Trump had said previously he knew nothing about the payments.

Obama's 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for failing to file a series of 48-hour notices for around $1.8 million in campaign contributions in the closing weeks of the campaign, according to a document obtained by Politico. "'Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to 'break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal".

The president has attacked the investigation for months, repeatedly slamming it as a "witch hunt".

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Mr Cohen's plea came as Mr Manafort, who served as chairman of Trump's campaign, was found guilty on eight charges in a separate financial fraud trial in Alexandria, Virginia, stemming from a federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

"If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!"

Cohen did not specify the women's names, but the sums correspond to a payment known to have been made to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the election to silence her claims of a one-night stand with Trump - and another destined for former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Congressman Alex Mooney and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, both of West Virginia, and Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado accompanied the president and tried to distract him with conversation about legislative issues and other topics, the people said.

Cohen said that he made the payments at the "direction" of a candidate for federal office.

After four days of deliberation, jurors found him guilty of eight counts: five of making false income tax returns, two of bank fraud and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts.

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