Michael Cohen pleads guilty, says he paid hush money at Trump’s direction

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to eight counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations, including two counts related to hush-money payments made to women — and said he made the payments “at the direction of a candidate,” meaning Trump.

Trump’s name didn’t come up in the federal courtroom in Manhattan, but Cohen said he had paid two women, apparently porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, “at the direction” of an unnamed candidate in 2016, and that a $150,000 payment in August 2016 was for the “principal purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election. Both Daniels and McDougal have said they had past relationships with Trump.

via NBC Michael Cohen pleads guilty, says he paid hush money at Trump’s direction