Trump Distances Himself From Cohen Probe: 'I Don't Know His Business'

President Trump's and Sean Hannity's comments are used by prosecutors against lawyer Michael Cohen in new court

President Trump's and Sean Hannity's comments are used by prosecutors against lawyer Michael Cohen in new court

US President Donald Trump has distanced himself from the legal troubles of his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, saying he has done nothing wrong and Mr Cohen did only fraction of his overall legal work.

Jones, a lawyer who served as a federal judge in Manhattan, was selected on Thursday to oversee the process of screening materials seized in a recent F.B.I. raid from President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. He has got a business. Reports allege that Jackson regularly drank on the job, at one point crashing a government vehicle while under the influence, and gratuitously prescribed drugs like Ambien - charges, Trump said, that suggest little more than an anti-Trump conspiracy.

"Michael is in business, he is really a businessman, a fairly big business, as I understand it", Trump said.

Though Trump said Cohen's legal work for him was minimal, he said the lawyer "represents me on some things", mentioning "this insane Stormy Daniels deal".

Daniels claims the $130,000 payment Cohen made to her just prior to the 2016 presidential election was to keep her quiet about an affair she alleged she had with Trump in 2006. "There were no campaign funds going into this".

However, the president sought to distance himself from Cohen, who is the focus of a federal criminal investigation.

Former Justice Department official Harry Litman also said it could adversely affect Trump - though not necessarily.

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"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.

Thursday's comments are the first time Trump has publicly acknowledged that Cohen is representing him in the Daniels case. "I don't see any legal implications" for Trump.

That statement could be consequential, as Trump is seeking to allow a federal judge to let him review any possibly privileged documents that were seized from Cohen.

"Based upon the advice of counsel, I will assert my Fifth Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York", Cohen said. Previously, Trump deferred questions on the matter to Cohen. Then, asked what he got her, he pauses and says, "Maybe I didn't get her so much".

Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti, commented on Cohen's plan to please the Fifth, calling it a "stunning development".

"I don't know his business, but it doesn't have to do with me", he added, sweeping aside their decades old relationship. "I've been told I'm not involved", he said.

Trump had previously claimed that he knew nothing about the $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement signed during the 2016 campaign that was meant to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

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