In an interview with Fox News, US president Donald Trump has denied his presidential campaign violated election financing rules.
Trump also told Ainsley Earhardt, co-host of Fox & Friends, that the payments came from him, not from money raised to finance his 2016 campaign: “They didn’t come out of the campaign. They came from me.
“In fact, my first question when I heard about it was did they come out of the campaign? Because that could be a little dicey. And they didn’t come out of the campaign, and that’s big,” he added.
The statement comes just hours after the White House pushed back forcefully against suggestions that a plea deal struck by Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated Trump in a crime.
Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He told a federal court in New York that Trump had directed him to arrange payments ahead of the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had had affairs with Trump.