Lanny Davis, former attorney for Michael Cohen, said Thursday on "America's Newsroom" that an audio recording shows Donald Trump discussing a cash payment to silence former Playmate Karen McDougal, with whom he'd allegedly had an affair. 

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after admitting he violated campaign finance laws with the payments on behalf of then-candidate Trump to McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels. 

In court documents released Wednesday, the parent company of National Enquirer admitted to paying $150,000 for the rights to McDougal's story about her affair with Trump. The publication never ran the story, thus keeping the information from voters before the election.


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Davis, who represented Bill Clinton while he was president, told Bill Hemmer that Cohen knew he was breaking the law with the campaign-related payments to the two women. 

He said he's unsure if Cohen told Trump that the payments would be illegal, but an audio recording shows Trump knew the purpose of the payments. 

"Mr. Trump discussed the payment, said the word 'cash' and knew it was about keeping Ms. McDougal quiet," said Davis.



On the claims that Cohen cannot be trusted as a witness, since he's admitted to lying, Davis emphasized that Cohen's claim have been corroborated.

"Mr. Mueller, every single thing so far he's had corroboration - emails, documents, backup, other witnesses. On the issue of campaign finance violations, which was hush money before the election, ... the Southern District presented several witnesses within the organization, as well as a publication, that corroborate Mr. Cohen's version," he said. 

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, President Trump maintained he "never directed Michael Cohen to break the law," arguing he was relying on the "advice of counsel" from his then-lawyer. 

Watch the full interview above. 


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