Michael Cohen spoke out about his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with ABC News Friday morning, and said President Donald Trump isn’t telling the truth about Russia.
On Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen: “The special counsel did say that you are doing your best to tell the truth about everything related to the investigation, everything related to Russia. Do you think President Trump is telling the truth about that?”
“No,” Cohen replied.
“That’s a big statement,” Stephanopoulos said.
When the ABC News anchor asked Cohen why we should believe him — given he was charged with lying to Congress — he replied:
Because the special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them is credible and helpful. There is a substantial amount of information that they possessed that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth.
Cohen — who gave his first interview since he was sentenced to three years in prison — added that he is still cooperating with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties with the Trump campaign.
Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” was charged with lying to Congress three separate times about a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen said conversations about the plan ended before the GOP primaries, in January 2016. Investigators found that negotiations continued until June 2016, after Trump had become his party’s nominee.
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Cohen asserted that Trump directed him to make the hush money payments to women claiming affairs just weeks before the 2016 election. Federal prosecutors argued Cohen committed felony campaign finance violations with those payments, which were ordered by Trump.
Watch above, via ABC.
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