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Trump Says Hush Money Payments to Women Came From Him, Not Campaign


President Donald Trump denied that the hush money payments to women arranged by his lawyer Michael Cohen came from his 2016 campaign, claiming they instead came from himself.

Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt sat down for an exclusive interview with the president in the wake of Cohen implicating the president in crimes, stating Trump directed him to payoff the women — porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal — during the 2016 campaign.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations as a result of those payments.

In the interview, set to air in full Thursday morning, Trump claimed that he only found out about the payments later on. That’s in contradiction to Cohen’s statement in court, as well as the recording released by Cohen that shows Trump speaking about the payments in September 2016.

“Later on I knew,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. “Later on.”

Trump then claimed that the money for the payments “did not come out of the campaign,” so did not violate campaign finance laws, but “came from me.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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