Michael Cohen says he made illegal campaign contributions 'at the direction' of Trump
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen (IowaPolitics.com/Flickr)

Former Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen on Tuesday admitted that he made an illegal campaign contribution with President Donald Trump's knowledge and direction.


As part of his guilty plea, Cohen admitted to making illegal hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal "at the direction" of Trump, who was described in the plea as a candidate for federal office.

Cohen also told the court that he made the illegal payment "for the purpose of influencing" the 2016 presidential election by covering up the president's "alleged affairs."

Cohen's admission in making illegal campaign contributions was just one of eight different counts to which he pled guilty on Tuesday. In addition to pleading guilty to the hush money payments, Cohen also copped to making false statements to a financial institution and evading personal income tax.