Michael Cohen's lawyer backs off claim that Trump knew of Russian interference

David Pecker Chairman and CEO of American Media addresses those attending the Shape and Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York in 2014

But the source of that story, Cohen attorney Lanny Davis, later clarified to the New York Postthat he could not "independently confirm" Trump's advance knowledge of the meeting. Former FEC commissioner Bradley Smith argued in The Washington Post Wednesday that Cohen's payment to Daniels can not be a campaign expense because FEC regulations prohibit candidates from using campaign funds for personal obligations that would exist "irrespective" of the campaign; Smith suggests that the need to pay for the actress's silence would have existed irrespective of whether Trump was a candidate. With Cohen's involvement, the publication began questioning President Barack Obama's birthplace and American citizenship in print, an effort that Trump promoted for several years, former staffers said. A former lawyer for the billionaire, Cohen also stood accused of campaign-finance violations at Trump's direction and paying hush money to two adult female entertainers to buy their silence.

David Pecker, who runs the National Enquirer and is a long-time pal of Trump, was granted immunity in the federal investigation into Michael Cohen in exchange for information on hush money deals.

The legal system dumped two political hazards this week on Trump. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in May this was part of "a long-standing agreement that Michael Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes".

With Trump, the personal beats the political.

As with so much else that is plaguing the president right now, the charges would involve the $130,000 Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels in 2016, to ensure that she would not go public with the story of her affair with Trump. The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Cohen was caught during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Despite what Trump has claimed, it makes no difference that he later reimbursed Cohen for his contribution.

The Enquirer endorsed Trump for president in 2016, the first time it had ever officially backed a candidate. But Cohen was never given a prominent spot in the campaign. But in the case of ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort - who has steadfastly maintained the code of omerta the president respects so dearly - Trump has reportedly considered wielding his awesome power as a reward.

"Every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in", Trump said, quoting Graham.

Chief Executive Officer David Pecker met with prosecutors to describe Trump and Cohen's involvement in hush-money deals with adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal ahead of the 2016 USA presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

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