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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS: Cohen reveals Trump knew hush money payments were wrong



SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS: Cohen reveals Trump knew hush money payments were wrong

Embattled Michael Cohen has told ABC News that US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed affairs with him.

According to Cohen who revealed that much in an interview broadcast on Friday, Trump acted to shut down the women’s allegations because he “was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”

Cohen in his first comments since being sentenced to three years in prison also challenged Trump’s assertion in a tweet on Thursday that he never told him to break the law.

“I don’t think there is anybody that believes that,” Cohen told ABC.

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“First of all, nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr Trump. He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters,” Cohen said.

Only yesterday, a US District Judge sentenced Cohen to three years in prison for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.

Judge William Pauley in Manhattan slammed Trump’s former lawyer with a three-year sentence for payments, which violated campaign finance law, and to two months for the false statements to Congress.

According to the US District Judge who said the two terms will run concurrently, Cohen’s cooperation with prosecutors “does not wipe the slate clean” of his crimes.

He also said that Cohen “appears to have lost his moral compass” and that a lawyer “should have known better”.

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