Michael Cohen: "Of course" Trump knew hush payments were wrong

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The President's former personal lawyer making some startling claims in an exclusive interview with ABC news.

Michael Cohen walks free from court.

Former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairman Bradley A. Smith said on Wednesday that Cohen "is pleading guilty to something that isn't a crime".

Trump said in an interview with Fox News Thursday that he "never directed (Cohen) to do anything wrong".

"I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty", Cohen said.

President Donald Trump publicly broke his silence Thursday morning on the sentencing of his former personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen. "He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law", Trump tweeted.

Federal law requires that the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation can not exceed US$2,700.

US District Judge William Pauley gave Cohen three years for the payments, and unrelated crimes of tax evasion and misleading banks. "I don't want to jeopardize any of their investigations", he said.

It's sentencing season. Michael Cohen, former fixer and lawyer for President Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison for what a federal judge called a "veritable smorgasbord" of crimes, ranging from tax evasion to lying to Congress about his contacts with Russian Federation.

"So yes, he was very concerned about how this would affect the election", Cohen said.

"Constantly undermining your own credibility certainly makes it harder to paint other people as liars", he said. The federal limit on individual contributions is $2,700.

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However, Michael Cohen said the payments were made to influence the election. "He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters", he told ABC News.

Asked if he believed Trump was telling the truth about Russia's meddling in the U.S. election, Cohen said "no" but he declined to comment further.

"He knows the truth".

"I knew what I was doing was wrong", Cohen told ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. "Others know the truth", said Cohen, who was sentenced Wednesday in NY and is due to surrender to custody by March 6. The man doesn't tell the truth. Cohen attributed his offenses related to Trump to his "duty to cover up his dirty deeds". "I stood up before the world [Wednesday] and I accepted the responsibility for my actions". "He attacks my family", Cohen said.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Friday that by reporting Cohen's claims, the media "is giving credence to a convicted criminal".

"I just reviewed the documents in order to protect him", Cohen said.

"He directed me to make the payments".

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement that was signed days before the 2016 election and she's now suing to dissolve that contract.

Cohen said the McDougal agreement was between Trump and David Pecker, the CEO of American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer and a longtime friend of the president. The payments came in the days before Trump's 2016 election, and both Cohen and the head of the supermarket tabloid the National Enquirer admitted that the timing was based on helping Trump win the presidency.

The President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani slammed Cohen, telling CNN the public can't believe a thing Cohen says and that Cohen lied under oath, referencing Cohen's guilty plea in November to lying to Congress. At the dramatic sentencing hearing, a tearful Cohen promised to continue to cooperate with government investigators in the coming months.