Trump’s payment explanations shift as legal exposure grows – AOL News

NEW YORK (AP) — The sentencing of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, brought a perilous investigation into the president’s campaign one step closer to the Oval Office.Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga, with the president’s explanations frequently shifting as his legal exposure grew.Since the spring, Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses to apparent acknowledgement of those hush money settlements – though he claims they wouldn’t be illegal in any case. But both Cohen and federal prosecutors said the payments were made at Trump’s direction to fend off damage to his White House bid, an apparent campaign finance violation.

Source: Trump’s payment explanations shift as legal exposure grows – AOL News

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