Michael Cohen pushes back against President Trump’s claim he never directed illegal payments

National News

(NBC News) — Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, says then-candidate Trump personally directed him to make illegal hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign.

Cohen made the comments on “Good Morning America” in response to Trump’s claim that he never directed Cohen to break the law.

“He was very concerned about how this would affect the election,” Cohen said.

A source confirms to NBC News that President Trump was in the room when Cohen discussed the National Enquirer paying off Playboy model Karen McDougal, one of two women alleged to have had an affair with Mr. Trump. Payments were also made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The key legal issue regarding the payments is whether they were done to avoid embarrassment or influence the election.

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