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Michael Cohen: Trump ex-lawyer 'happy' to aid Russia probe

August 22, 2018 4:05 pm

US President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, is said to be “more than happy” to speak to the inquiry into alleged collusion with Russia.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump’s alleged lovers.

Cohen is ready to “tell everything about Donald Trump that he knows”, his personal lawyer, Lanny Davis, said.

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Mr Trump has argued that Cohen had made up stories in order to get a deal.

The president denies there was any collusion with Russia to get him elected.

In an interview with Fox & Friends, the president said he had found out about the payments “later on”, and that they did not come out of the campaign.

In July, Mr Cohen released audio tapes of him and Mr Trump allegedly discussing payments to a former playboy model before the 2016 presidential election.

What is going on?
Cohen, who has been Mr Trump’s personal lawyer for more than a decade, has pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

He said he had paid hush money to two women who alleged they had affairs with Mr Trump, at the direction of “the candidate” – a clear reference to Mr Trump.

Cohen said the payment was made for the “principal purpose of influencing [the 2016] election”.

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