US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has said that Trump knew it was wrong for Cohen to arrange hush-money payments to women alleging affairs with the billionaire in order to prevent damaging information from surfacing during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen made the remarks in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos aired on Friday a day after Trump claimed he had “never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” and pay off adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law,” Trump tweeted on Thursday, after his longtime attorney was sentenced to three years for campaign finance violations and other crimes.
“It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid.”