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  • President Donald Trump expressed no concern on Monday about
    his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty last
    month.
  • “That was Michael, Michael did that stuff,” Trump said.
  • Cohen said under oath in court
    that Trump directed him
    to handle the hush payments to porn
    star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

President Donald Trump expressed no concern Monday about his
former longtime lawyer pleading guilty to a series of criminal
charges last month in federal court.

During an interview with Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera
on his new Cleveland-based, WTAM
radio show
, Trump said he wasn’t worried about the lawyer,
Michael Cohen, because the president is “an honest guy” and “that
stuff is unrelated to me.”

“That was Michael, Michael did that stuff,” Trump said.

In August, Cohen pleaded
guilty to eight criminal counts, including five counts of tax
evasion, one count of making false statements to a bank, and two
campaign-finance related charges that stemmed from hush money
payments to a pair of women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Cohen said under oath in court
that Trump directed him
to handle the hush payments to porn
star Stormy Daniels, who was paid $130,000 by Cohen in exchange
for her silence just prior to the 2016 presidential election, and
ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, whose story of an affair with
Trump was purchased for $150,000 in August 2016 by The National
Enquirer, whose owner David Pecker was a close friend of Trump’s.
The publication never ran her story.

Cohen’s legal team in July released a recording of a September
2016 conversation between Cohen and Trump in which they discussed
The National Enquirer’s purchase of McDougal’s story and seemed
to contemplate how they could buy the rights to McDougal’s story
from Pecker.

During his Monday interview, Trump insisted he had “many, many
lawyers” who do work for him, implying that Cohen, a senior Trump
Organization executive who worked with him for a decade, only
played a minor role in his personal dealings. 

Trump added that he has nothing to worry about regarding Cohen
because he does “everything straight.”

“That’s how I do it,” he added.

Trump said he felt “sorry for Michael” for getting caught up in
the series of investigations into his political career and his
business, which he called “the witch hunt.”

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