Trump Confirms Michael Cohen Represented Him During 'Crazy Stormy Daniels Deal'

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"There were no campaign funds going into this, which would have been a problem", he told Fox.

Michael Avenatti told a judge in Manhattan Thursday that he just wants "a seat at the table" to protect his client's interests while lawyers for Cohen, Trump, Trump's company and prosecutors argue over which documents are covered by attorney-client privilege.

The admission and filing came ahead of the latest court hearing in Cohen's criminal case in NY on Thursday afternoon.

For his part, Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford.

Lemon had asked Avenatti about his prediction that Trump would not serve out his entire first term in office. Michael is my attorney.

Asked how much legal work Cohen did for him, Trump said, "As a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny little fraction". The lawyer believes prosecutors seized from Cohen material shared with him by Keith Davidson, the Beverly Hills lawyer who negotiated a $130,000 "hush agreement" requiring the adult film star to keep quiet over an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.

Yet Trump, who has repeatedly demonized both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department leadership, also cast himself as a champion of the agency.

"Cohen was either representing Trump on the payment and Trump knew about it, or Cohen was representing Trump but kept him in the dark on the payment and paid it out of his own pocket without reimbursement", Cramer said. "He's really a businessman, fairly big business as I understand it".

She said Trump's comments also demonstrate why he shouldn't give an interview to Mueller.

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In the Daniels case in Los Angeles, Cohen is asking to delay proceedings for 90 days, arguing that any statements he might make could affect the criminal investigation into his business dealings in NY.

"This does connect the president to any campaign finance violations involved in the Daniels deal", Super said.

Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said shortly after Trump's interview that this constitutes a "hugely damning admission". Federal prosecutors cited comments Trump made to Fox News about Cohen on April 26. "One person briefed on the discussions described the session as relaxed and an opportunity for both sides to "feel each other out.' Still, Trump remains 'extremely opposed" to granting Mueller an interview, according to one close adviser - setting up a potential high-stakes legal battle between the White House and the special counsel, who could ultimately seek to try to subpoena the president".

"These statements by two of Cohen's three identified clients suggest that the seized materials are unlikely to contain voluminous privileged documents, further supporting the importance of efficiency here", Robert Khuzami, the deputy USA attorney for the southern district of NY, wrote in a letter filed on Thursday.

With Mr Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director fired amid the chaos of Mr Trump's first few months in the White House, Mr Trump reiterated his assertion: "I did a great thing for the American people by firing him".

President Donald Trump lambasted his Justice Department Thursday in an interview on Fox News, expressing frustration at the ongoing special counsel probe and suggesting that he may intervene in his Justice Department at some point.

"Because of the fact that they have this witch-hunt going on ..."

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department. He wrote a lot of phony stuff", Trump said.

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