Trump says he is innocent in legal scandal, blames lawyer

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison

In the interview, Cohen told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he hopes to be remembered in history for unifying America against the president.

Cohen insisted he just reviewed the McDougal deal and said the payment was negotiated directly between Trump and David Pecker, the chief executive officer of the tabloid's parent company.

A NY judge said that Michael Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illegal payments to silence women who posed a risk to Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

"There's a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth", Cohen said.

Trump has also repeatedly denied having affairs with McDougal and Daniels and called the payouts "a simple private transaction".

Cohen's lawyers had argued for leniency, saying he chose to cooperate with investigators rather than hold out for a possible pardon.

Admitting he told lies for Trump for "more than 10 years" out of "loyalty" to someone he admired, Cohen said he felt he needed to tell the truth in order to gain his freedom, despite his recent prison sentence.

In response to Cohen's claim, Giuliani told CNN that Trump has "never lied about the Russian Federation investigation" and reiterated the claim that the probe is much ado about nothing. At the time, Cohen said he took out a personal line of credit on his home to pay Daniels days before the 2016 election without Trump's knowledge.

From the start, Cohen followed a risky and unusual legal strategy.

Stephanopoulos: And he was doing that to help his election? That gets to the crux of the issue.

Despite American Media's reported admission, there are expenditures that might "influence an election", yet not constitute campaign-related expenses.

Trump has not yet laid out a detailed defense, though he could conceivably argue that the payments were made not for the purposes of advancing his campaign but rather to prevent sex stories from emerging that would be personally humiliating to him and harm his marriage. That may be a technicality that Robert Mueller's willing to challenge, but it's still a significant one that a court might recognize.

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy asked Thursday, echoing Trump's contention that the President's former lawyer Michael Cohen bore full responsibility for any crimes. Who would keep their job if they didn't do exactly as the boss wanted? Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation a "WITCH HUNT". US District Judge William Pauley said when announcing Cohen's sentencing that his plea to guilty and assistance "does not wipe the slate clean".

He said that in the Trump Organization, nothing was ever done "unless it was run through Mr. Trump".

"I never directed him to do anything wrong". Davis said that false testimony was shared with the White House before Cohen submitted it to Congress and it is possible Trump was aware at the time that Cohen would make false statements.

There's a nuance here too, though, that the comment disregards. That doesn't mean Trump directed him to do so illegally.

Politically, Trump's shifting claims could harm his credibility with voters, but legally they may not make much of a difference. Directing his attorney to reach settlements in the Stormy Daniels case would be no different than what attorneys do on a regular basis.

Get push notifications with news, features and more.

Much of this has to wait for Mueller's interpretation, of course.

Cohen once bragged that he would "take a bullet" to support Trump.

"That's the big question, what else do they have?" Prosecutor Nicolas Roos said Cohen's crimes showed a "pattern of deceit, brazenness and greed", and urged the judge to send a message that "even powerful, privileged individuals can not violate these laws with impunity".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top World’s most accurate Apple insider says iPhone XR demand is surprisingly weak
Dec 15, 2018 - 00:57
Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban. CHIPMAKER Qualcomm is asking courts in China to ban sales of Apple's latest iPhone XS , XS Max and XR smartphones .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Champions League round of 16 draw details revealed
Dec 15, 2018 - 00:32
As well as helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year's World Cup. Former Liverpool and United midfielder Paul Ince is torn on who would take the number one jersey in a combined team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google Fit update brings home screen widgets
Dec 13, 2018 - 01:17
The update hasn't hit any of my devices yet, but it's coming this week according to Google - keep your eyes peeled. Following a massive redesign of the Fit app, Google is adding new Wear OS features and widgets.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Congress picks Kamal Nath as MP chief minister, Scindia loses out
Dec 13, 2018 - 01:16
Election in the Ramgarh constituency was countermanded due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. Interestingly, Congress had come up with two different strategies for the two big states.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nick Ayres respectfully turns down Chief of Staff job
Dec 12, 2018 - 23:58
A White House official said Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers' length of service. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Rep.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S. special investigator Mueller: Russia sought early contact with trump's campaign team
Dec 11, 2018 - 12:46
Trump has denied the affairs, but previously pretended not to know anything about the payments. It's still unclear exactly where else the special counsel's probe could go.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CS:GO Danger Zone
Dec 10, 2018 - 01:41
In addition, the game is now completely free to play, following the previous September announcement of a separate Free Edition . Valve's tactical shooter mainstay has gone free-to-play , and it's added a battle royale mode called " Danger Zone ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marlboro owner Altria makes £1.4bn bet on cannabis
Dec 10, 2018 - 01:36
After the deal is closed, Altria will have the right to nominate four directors, including one independent, to the Cronos board. Doing so would lift Altria's status to a majority shareholder as it would own around 55 percent of the company.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disappearance of missing backpacker in Auckland being treated as murder
Dec 09, 2018 - 01:16
Asked if they had met on the Tinder dating app, the detective said: "I'm not going to speculate on how they met". Police say Grace Millane was last spotted entering CityLife hotel in Auckland's CBD with a man on Saturday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cohen talked with Trump about meeting Putin during campaign
Dec 09, 2018 - 01:14
Despite such specific allegations of Trump's actions, the president quickly tweeted after news of the filings: "Totally clears the President".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michelle Obama offers advice to Meghan Duchess of Sussex
Dec 08, 2018 - 03:05
Michelle Obama has offered some valuable advice to the Duchess of Sussex to help with her transition into the royal family. The author added: "So my biggest advice would be to take some time and don't be in a hurry to do anything".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Singer Mika Singh detained in Dubai over sexual harassment charges
Dec 08, 2018 - 01:05
One can not forget the famous controversy of 2004 where Rakhi Sawant claimed he forcibly kissed her at her birthday party. The singer was in Dubai to perform at Masala Awards ceremony held at Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah on Tuesday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Watch The Game Awards 2018 Live Stream!
Dec 08, 2018 - 01:03
If you have not yet voted on your favorite games, there is still time (as of this writing) to do so at The Game Awards website . The stream is viewable on MLG, Twitter , Twitch , Facebook , Mixer , Steam TV, PlayStation 4, and Xbox Live , and more.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top OPEC members expected to agree oil production cut
Dec 07, 2018 - 00:30
Unless there is a bullish clarification from the Saudi oil minister later today, prices are likely to remain under pressure. OPEC members will also have to contend with Iran.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China demands Canada release executive of tech giant Huawei
Dec 07, 2018 - 00:29
The SCMP obtained a transcript of an internal question-and-answer between Meng and her father, Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei. American officials have sought to persuade other nations to curb business ventures with Huawei because of security concerns.