Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo said on "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday that he believes Michael Cohen is making up stories to get leniency from federal prosecutors in his criminal case.

Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, on Tuesday struck a plea deal with prosecutors admitting to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump during the 2016 race.

In total, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning to mock Cohen and argue that he was "making up stories."

Caputo said it's interesting that Cohen as recently as February insisted that the payments to Daniels and McDougal were on the up and up, but when he was faced with federal charges, he changed his tune.


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"I think it's entirely possible that Michael Cohen would make up a story to try to get some leniency for crimes that he's committed that didn't involve Donald Trump at all," Caputo said. "I believe that's what's happened here."

Caputo noted that Cohen's plea deal reportedly does not involve a cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors.

"But if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck," he said. "This is cooperation in its finest form."

He said he has no doubt that prosecutors made it "non-negotiable" that Cohen had to admit to campaign finance violations and implicate Trump in order to receive a reduced sentence.

"I'm sure he'll get more leniency in the future if he tells more lies."

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