Michael Cohen On Trump: 'The Man Doesn't Tell The Truth'

Michael Cohen Says He's

In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Cohen responded "no" when asked if Trump was telling the truth to Special Counsel Robert Mueller about "everything related to Russian Federation".

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, said he had been loyal "to someone who truthfully does not deserve loyalty".

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that he had never directed Cohen to do anything illegal, and that Cohen should have known better.

While Trump has mused about not being opposed to offering a presidential pardon to Manafort, Cohen's prosecution at the state level would make him ineligible for a pardon.

The president's former lawyer acted extremely contrite, saying, "Somehow or another, this task has now fallen onto my shoulders". "I stood up before the world [on Wednesday] and I accepted the responsibility for my actions", the former Trump lawyer said of his sentencing earlier this week.

"He directed me to make the payments".

When asked specifically about Cohen's claims that Trump had directed Cohen to make the payments, Gidley said: "I understand that".

Trump has insisted he only found out about the payments after they were made, despite the release of a September 2016 recorded conversation in which Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing a deal to pay McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair. "But his admissions are not binding on President Trump, and Trump should fight these charges ferociously".

In his first public reaction since Cohen was sentenced, Trump said he was the victim of the attorney's malpractice. "Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance", Trump tweeted.

Cohen will begin serving time on March 6, 2019, at the Federal Correctional Institute Otisville, in upstate NY.

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Trump denied that he directed Cohen to break the law during the 2016 campaign by buying the silence of former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels. "There's a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth".

"Nothing at the Trump organisation was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump", he said.

The Times cited people familiar with the inquiry as saying it focused on whether people from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates used straw donors to make donations in hopes of buying influence over U.S. policy.

The Cohen case has intensified the legal pressures on former reality television star Trump, whose almost two-year presidency has been clouded by multiple investigations and lawsuits, including a US special counsel probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign and possible obstruction of justice.

Cohen told ABC News Trump is a very different person than the man he used to work for.

"That sort of gets into the whole investigation right now between (the) special counsel's office, the attorney general's office, you also have the Southern District of NY - I don't want to jeopardize any of their investigations", he said.

"It is absolutely not true", Cohen said in the ABC interview.

That last response is significant as the question of whether making such payments broke campaign laws - which have a $2,700 limit on personal contributions to a single candidate - revolves around whether they were an attempt to influence the outcome.

Cohen took a guess at why he thinks Trump has changed, and it has to do with not being prepared for the transition from leading a company to being part of a large system of government. "It's not like the Trump organization where he would bark out orders and people would blindly follow what he wanted done", before continuing, "I will not be the villain of his story". "He attacks my family", Cohen said.

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