Cohen says he's 'done being loyal' to Trump

Two days after his sentencing to three years in prison, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gave an emotional interview to ABC News Friday, chock-full of spicy digs at his former client and a few revealing comments about Trump's involvement in the hush payment scandal.

Cohen said he didn't even have much to do with that payment, saying the negotiations were "really just between [Trump] and [AMI CEO] David Pecker, and then David Pecker's counsel", saying, "I just reviewed the documents".

Cohen said in a guilty plea in August that he was directed by Trump to arrange a payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, and personally pay adult-film star Stormy Daniels, both of whom have claimed they had affairs with Trump before he was president.

At the sentencing hearing, a prosecutor in Mueller's office, Jeannie Rhee, said Cohen has "sought to tell us the truth and that is of the utmost value to us".

"First of all, nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump", he explained.

US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced for crimes including those he committed to help his boss win the presidency, and Trump has denied that he had directed Cohen to break the law.

Schiff, a California Democrat who is a favorite target of Trump's, said the most meaningful development was the unsealed cooperation deal with American Media Inc.

"I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty", Cohen said, adding that he was "angry at himself" for his role in the deals.

In a separate development, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors have opened another line of election-related inquiry, investigating whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC. He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.

The publication bought McDougal's story of her alleged 2006-2007 affair with Trump with the express goal of killing it so it would not surface before Election Day in November 2016, to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House.

Cohen, who served as Trump's attorney for 12 years, was dismissed from the president's legal team in May.

Prosecutors have said the payments violated campaign finance laws.

"I knew what I was doing was wrong", Cohen said on GMA.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr told CNN this week, "I think it's safe to say if they were indicted, they were on our list". He added that in pleading guilty, "I accepted the responsibility for my actions". As for whether Trump knew it was illegal, he said, "Of course".

"Whether you think it's wrong or right, I don't understand the case for how it's illegal", Dershowitz continued.

Cohen, who also pleaded to tax evasion and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Organization building in Moscow, in court on Wednesday said his "blind loyalty" led him to cover up for Trump.

"Instead of him taking responsibility for his actions, what does he do?" Cohen asked. "He attacks my family".

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City, US. "For him to say, "I'm going to start, I'm going to stop lying now, starting now" is somewhat silly".

Just yesterday, Trump tweeted, "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law".

Prosecutors have implicated Trump in a crime but have not directly accused him of one.

"Here's the truth: The people of the United States of America - the people of the world - don't believe what he's saying", Cohen said.

A court filing in early December from special counsel Robert Mueller made clear there was evidence to back up Cohen's information.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of NY also announced they had reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media, Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer.


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