Cohen’s lawyer said his client has information relevant to the official investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Trump’s team and Moscow.
In an excerpt from a Fox & Friends interview, Trump insisted that the payments were “not a campaign violation”.
Having previously accused Cohen of fabricating the stories to receive a lighter sentence, Trump said he only found out about the payments “later on”.
“They came from me. And I tweeted about it. But they did not come out of the campaign,” he said.
The claims came on one of Trump’s worst days since he took office: On the same day Paul Manafort, Trump’s ex-campaign manager, was convicted of financial fraud and faces a further trial in September.
The full Fox & Friends interview will be aired on Thursday.
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