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The Daily BeastDec 14, 2018
Cohen: Mueller Has ‘Substantial' Evidence to Back Up My Story
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former fixer, says the candidate personally directed him to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal because he thought it would help him to win the election.

Trumpworld allies have tried to suggest the president ordered the secret payments for personal reasons—to keep Melania Trump in the dark about his affairs—rather than for electoral gain, which would potentially violate campaign-finance laws.

Speaking for the first time since he was sentenced to three years imprisonment, Cohen told ABC's Good Morning America early Thursday that Trump knew exactly what he was doing: "[He] was very concerned about how this would affect the election."

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