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Trump denies telling lawyer to break law

Trump denies telling lawyer to break law

"That's a big statement", Stephanopoulos said, and we couldn't agree more. "If it were, it's only civil, and even if it's only civil, there was no violation based on what we did", Trump said.

Trump had repeatedly called for a tough sentence for Cohen, whom he labeled a liar.

In this interview, he cast himself as a kind of hero, taking the fall in order to "bring the country back together" against Trump.

And that's not all.

In the president's case, Rodgers said, Trump would have to establish that he was actually seeking Cohen's legal advice in connection with the hush-money payments and not relying on him to handle the matter as his long-time fixer. "He attacks my family", Cohen said.

Federal prosecutors in NY say the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions because they were made at the height of the 2016 election season to keep voters from learning of Trump's alleged infidelities.

"Because the special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them is credible and helpful", Cohen argued.

"He knows the truth". In fact, I now know that there is little to be admired. "You guys all know that and for him to say, 'I'm going to start - I'm going to stop lying starting now, ' is somewhat silly".

"I want this to be over as soon as possible - as soon as we get all of the facts", Warner said, adding that lawmakers owe it to the American people to determine whether there was collusion with Russian Federation and how it can be stopped in the future. Others say the president's actions did not violate campaign finance laws.

"It's never good to be on the wrong side of the President of the United States of America".

"I felt it was my duty to cover up his own dirty deeds", Cohen added. And Cohen, who once had traded on his relationship with Trump and boasted that he would take a bullet for him, has turned on his former boss of 10 years, most notably implicating him in the hush-money scandal.

"It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light", Cohen told the judge, referring to Mr Trump. That doesn't mean Trump directed him to do so illegally.

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DOJ's guidance states: 'The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions'.

Trump's comments - in an interview with Fox News Channel's Harris Faulkner and several morning tweets - came a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments to hide Trump's alleged affairs to help his 2016 White House bid, a campaign finance violation.

Cohen, in his first televised interview since he was sentenced, said Trump "was very concerned" about the potential impact on the election if voters knew about the alleged affairs. If Trump's payments are deemed to be campaign-related expenses for the objective of impacting an election, should each and every House or Senate member who has engaged in such conduct face criminal charges?

"First of all, nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump", he explained.

"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law", said Trump.

"Including the one with McDougal, which was really between [Trump] and David Pecker and then David Pecker's counsel".

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who played a major role in exposing the hush-money discussions, said outside the courthouse: "We will not stop until the truth is known relating to the conduct of Donald Trump". They were made two weeks before the election, "post-Billy Bush comments", AKA the instance that infamous "Access Hollywood" tape came out.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses.

Some legal analysts think the president could be charged with felony campaign finance violations when he leaves office. "He doesn't understand the system".

Cohen said he had a lot of "fun" working for the Trump organization, but that's over now and Trump has become "a very different individual".

The world is asking whether Donald Trump has committed a crime that could trigger impeachment or even jail - and he's gone into meltdown. 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". Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have called for Trump's impeachment when they assume control of the chamber next month. But Congress, and especially the incoming Democratic House majority, can seek and obtain that information from Cohen. "I don't think so".

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