(WIAT) — President Trump is defending himself and putting the blame on his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen for hush money payments made to two women during the 2016 campaign.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison this week, and the president says he acted on his own.
In an interview with Fox News, President Trump blames his former attorney Michael Cohen for any possible illegal activity.
Trump states, “Whatever he did, he did on his own. He’s a lawyer. A lawyer who represents a client is supposed to do the right thing, that’s why you pay them a lot of money.”
Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison this week for lying to congress, tax evasion and campaign finance violations. He says then-candidate Trump directed him to pay $130,000 to Stormy Daniels shortly before the election. According to court papers, Cohen also worked with American Media, which owns the National Enquirer, to arrange a $150,000 payment to Karen McDougal.
Multiple media reports have surfaced saying Trump was “in the room” with Cohen and national inquirer publisher David Pecker as they discussed hush-money payments.
Last night White House advisers defended the president.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “The president was clear that he directed no one to do anything wrong.”
In a deal with federal prosecutors, America Media “admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story…to prevent it from influencing the election.”