Cohen Says Trump Made Him Lie About President’s Knowledge of Stormy Daniels Payments in 2018
President Donald Trump‘s former attorney Michael Cohen said he was made to lie on behalf of the president about his knowledge of hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels after she alleged an affair. In a congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon, Cohen said that even after Trump was elected to office, he told Cohen to lie and tell the the president had no knowledge of the hush payments.
“On February 18, 2018, Mr. Cohen, you sent a statement to the reporters that said, quote, ‘I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford and neither the Trump organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction directly or indirectly.’ Was the statement false?” asked Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), referencing reporters at the Wall Street Journal who broke the news of Cohen’s payment to the porn star about a month prior.
Cohen did not deny that he made that statement, alleging that he “purposefully” left Trump out of it because of a conversation he had with Trump and his chief financial officer Allan Weisselberg, in which he had illegally accepted reimbursement for lying on Trump’s behalf. The former Trump attorney also confirmed a report that he deferred to Trump when he was asked about his statement to the Federal Election Commission claiming Trump was unaware of the hush payments.
“What did the president ask or suggest that you say about the payments or reimbursements?” asked Hill.
“He was not knowledgeable of these reimbursements and he wasn’t knowledgeable of my action,” answered Cohen.
“He asked you to say that?” asked Hill.
“Yes, ma’am,” Cohen confirmed. Yikes.
Watch above, via C-SPAN.
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