In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said that his former attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony was “totally false” when he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law while making payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006, in exchange for her silence.
Trump had previously called Cohen “a PR person who did small legal work” and said it was “very sad” that Cohen decided to plead guilty to “achieve a lighter sentence.”
Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer, noted on Twitter that his client testified under oath and stands by his words.
Cohen, who worked for Trump for almost a decade, is now reportedly willing to campaign against Trump and the Republican Party in the upcoming midterm elections. A source in the Democratic Party told CNN that Cohen is willing to help Democrats by “stumping for candidates, raising money and giving speeches.”
Cohen said in August in court that Trump directed him to make the payments to Daniels and reimbursed Cohen using funds from the Trump Organization, thus implicating the president in a federal crime. Cohen also said that he was ordered by Trump to make payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006, in exchange for her silence. ABC News reported last month that Cohen had sat with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and answered questions about Trump’s business dealings with Russia and the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election.