Trump denies wrongdoing, slams Cohen ‘stories’ on hush payments

Trump denies wrongdoing, slams Cohen ‘stories’ on hush payments

"I think it's inevitable that he won't" be impeached, Giuliani said. "I don't think any President has ever done what I have done", Trump said.

The president then pointed at his head and said, "Because without this thinking you would see, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse".

Two executives of the company that publishes the National Enquirer were granted immunity by prosecutors investigating payments arranged by U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to silence two women who said they had sex with Trump, the Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday.

The US president then launched into a rambling statement on job creation and other economic progress he said had been made during his presidency. But Trump and his allies were caught off-guard when Cohen also pleaded guilty to campaign finance crimes, which, for the first time, took the swirling criminal probes directly to the president.

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Pecker, the CEO of American Media Inc., told federal prosecutors that Trump had knowledge of Cohen's payments to women who had alleged sexual encounters with him, sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Trump conversely praised Manafort for going to trial - where the president's former campaign chief was found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud.

"Pecker's apparent decision to corroborate Cohen's account, and implicate Trump in a federal crime, is another vivid example of how isolated Trump is becoming", Sherman added, pointing out that Pecker and Trump had been close friends for years.

The president's story about Cohen's payments has changed multiple times over the past year, and in the Fox interview he tried several ways of defusing the allegations.

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Despite Trump's defiant tone, Washington-based campaign finance expert Kate Belinski, of the Nossaman law firm, said to expect legal consequences for both Trump and his campaign - most likely in the form of a civil complaint before the Federal Election Commission.

That tool "almost ought to be outlawed". Trump has denied having sex with Daniels or McDougal.

In an exclusive interview with Earhardt on Thursday, Trump acknowledged his former personal attorney's guilty plea and expressed an apparent frustration over Cohen's legal woes. "The high crimes are giving aid and classified information to our enemies (Russia), abusing the pardon, breaking campaign finance laws, working w/ Russians to get 'dirt" on political opponents, and coming soon from Special Counsel Mueller, obstruction of justice".

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