Attorney Michael Cohen suggested that President Donald Trump likely knew about his son and other top campaign officials meeting with a Russian attorney promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The 52-year-old Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months in prison for a variety of charges related to his work for the president, and he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump was lying when he said he never directed his attorney to break the law.
“I don’t think there is anybody that believes that,” Cohen told Stephanopoulos. “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.”
Cohen did not specifically address the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower, which remains under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, but he said the president could not be trusted about anything.
“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.”
Cohen has agreed to cooperate with investigators on a variety of matters, but he declined to discuss what he had already told them — and said he no longer had any reason to lie.
“I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty,” he said.