Trump Says Michael Cohen Represents Him in "Crazy Stormy Daniels Deal"

President Trump's and Sean Hannity's comments are used by prosecutors against lawyer Michael Cohen in new court

President Trump made a rare public comment about the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels case Thursday morning, playing down the lawyer's work for him and insisting that he didn't know about Cohen's business activities.

That sound you heard was defence attorneys for Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's long-time personal lawyer, banging their heads into their desks. He has got a business.

President Donald Trump said he "won't be involved" in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, but adds he may change his mind. "I have nothing to do with his business, I can tell you".

Trump, in a wide-ranging telephone interview with "Fox and Friends", admitted for the first time that Cohen represented him in a "deal" with Daniels, who has filed a lawsuit seeking to have the "hush agreement" negotiated by Cohen thrown out.

Lawyers for Cohen, Trump, and the Trump Organization have all challenged the government's plans for sorting through the materials as a potential infringement on confidential attorney-client communications, and Wood is trying to sort through the dispute, and prosecutors have agreed to not look at anything until she rules.

"He represents me with like with this insane Stormy Daniels deal", the president continued. "From what I've seen, he did absolutely nothing wrong".

Cohen is under federal criminal investigation in NY into his personal business dealings.

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Former Justice Department official Harry Litman also said it could adversely affect Trump - though not necessarily.

Trump, meanwhile, on Thursday sought to distance himself from Cohen, his lawyer and fixer for over a decade.

President Trump did that Thursday morning with a quick call to the gang of Fox & Friends.

But then Trump explained just what legal work Cohen has done for him - and it doesn't square with his earlier story.

Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said shortly after Trump's interview that this constitutes a "hugely damning admission".

In a filing in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, Mr Cohen said he made a decision to assert his constitutional right after the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room two weeks ago. "Of course I stayed there", Trump said. He once reportedly said he would "take a bullet" for Trump, and he has handled sensitive matters related to him, including the Daniels payment.

"Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen previously represented to the American people that Mr. Cohen acted on his own and Mr. Trump knew nothing about the agreement with my client, the $130k payment, etc". "But I'm not involved and I've been told I'm not involved". "I don't know his business, but [the investigation] doesn't have to do with me". He said Wednesday that he would assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in that case. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen for defamation for alleging that she lied about her affair with Trump.

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