Federal prosecutors said the expenditure amounted to an effort to influence the 2016 election and a violation of campaign finance law. Trump has denied the affairs and any involvement in the payments.
The admissions by Cohen and AMI conflict with Trump's own evolving explanations.
In the president's case, Rodgers said, Trump would have to establish that he was actually seeking Cohen's legal advice in connection with the hush-money payments and not relying on him to handle the matter as his long-time fixer.
"I am done being loyal to President Trump, and my first loyalty belongs to my wife, my daughter, my son and this country", Cohen said. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law.
According to Trump, Cohen pleaded guilty to unfounded charges "to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did". "For him to say, "I'm going to start, I'm going to stop lying now, starting now" is somewhat silly". "But he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not guilty even on a civil basis".
As part of the deal, AMI acknowledged it made a 150,000 USA dollar payment to the model "in concert" with the Trump campaign with the intent of influencing the election.
Fox News Channel's senior judicial analyst said Wednesday that the Michael Cohen sentencing makes it clear that prosecutors in NY think they can prove President Trump has committed a felony. Cohen facilitated the payments.
President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen, along with others convicted in connection with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, could be called to testify before Congress. He also tweeted that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"
Cohen said he lied for Mr. Trump for a decade, something he did out of "loyalty". "He directed me to become involved in these matters, including the one with McDougal", Cohen said.
Cohen has indicated he would be willing to return to Congress, if asked. Cohen didn't respond to a request for comment.
It's multiple witnesses-and the opinion of the court-against Trump on this one. The company avoided prosecution under a deal with prosecutors.
On Friday, ABC News ran an interview with President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who was just sentenced to 3 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $2 million in fines and payments for crimes allegedly implicating Trump.
Putting aside the legalities of the payments, Mueller and prosecutors from the Southern District of NY need to seriously consider the type of precedent they would be setting if they file criminal charges against Trump for alleged campaign finance violations relating to hush money payments based on the facts that have been disclosed to date.
Asked why he should be believed, Cohen replied, "Because the special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them is credible and helpful".
This would make the sum an in-kind contribution to the campaign - and therefore a violation of campaign finance law.
"The fact that he was in the room will increase his culpability and will make his lawyers very nervous", said Jessica Levinson, a professor of election law and governance issues at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. The fines stemmed from the campaign's failure to report a batch of contributions, totaling almost $1.9 million, on time in the final days of the campaign.
Prosecutors have said the payments violated campaign finance laws.
Cohen's crimes included evading 1.4 million dollars (£1.1m) in taxes and misleading Congress about his talks with Russians about a Trump skyscraper project in Moscow. Nicolas Roos, the assistant USA attorney who prosecuted Cohen in the Southern District, asserted that allowing Cohen to engage in "selective cooperation" would "send the wrong message" that such behavior is rewarded. Trump denies having the affairs.
"I want to be clear".
Cohen is the latest Trump associate to be swept up in Mueller's investigation following Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, among others. No charges have been made against Trump.
That argument was advanced by former Sen. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly.