US President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that hush payments made by his former lawyer before the 2016 election did not breach campaign finance rules.
Trump's once-close associate Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to six counts of fraud, and two counts of violating campaign finance laws -- by making payments to silence women who alleged affairs with Trump.
But in an interview with news show "Fox and Friends" about the payments, Trump insisted: "It's not even a campaign violation."
"They didn't come out of the campaign, they came from me and I tweeted about it," Trump said.
In a serious blow to the president, Cohen detailed in court how he made the payments -- believed to be porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal -- and claimed he was acting at his boss's request.