Attorney Michael Cohen has doubled down on his statements that President Donald Trump knew that his "hush money" payouts were wrong.
During an interview, he also inferred that Trump probably knew about his son and other top campaign officials meeting with a Russian attorney in a calculated attempt to smear Hillary Clinton and win the U.S. election.
Trump hopped on Twitter the morning before the interview to blast Cohen. He tweeted:
"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called “advice of counsel,” and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly......
"....stated that I did nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not...
"....guilty even on a civil basis. Those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did-including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook. As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!
"They gave General Flynn a great deal because they were embarrassed by the way he was treated - the FBI said he didn’t lie and they overrode the FBI. They want to scare everybody into making up stories that are not true by catching them in the smallest of misstatements. Sad!......"
His tweets were what then prompted Cohen to speak out. The tweets backfired and now Cohen is talking to the public.
Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Cohen said:
“I don’t think there is anybody that believes that... First of all, nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump. He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters.
“He knows the truth. I know the truth. Others know the truth,” Cohen said. “And here is the truth: People of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying. The man doesn’t tell the truth, and it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.
“I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty,” he said.
Cohen will begin his three-year sentence in Mar. 2019.