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Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

 

US President Donald Trump has denied using election campaign finances to make payments to two women who say he had affairs with them.

It comes after his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws during the 2016 presidential election over his handling of the hush money.

In a TV interview with Fox & Friends, Mr Trump said the payments came from him personally, not from the campaign.

Earlier he accused Cohen of making up stories to receive a lighter sentence.

What have Trump and Cohen said?

In an excerpt from the Fox & Friends interview, which will be aired in full on Thursday, Mr Trump responded to questions about the hush payments by insisting that they were “not a campaign violation”.

“They came from me. And I tweeted about it. But they did not come out of the campaign,” he says, adding that he only found out about the payments “later on”.

His comments contradict a statement made earlier by Cohen under oath in which he said the president had instructed him to make the payments. Read more

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Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation

Trump Hush payments came from me but were not a campaign violation