Donald Trump says Michael Cohen 'made the decision' to pay $130,000 hush money to Stormy Daniels - a day after his ex-attorney's devastating congressional statement to the contrary.
In an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News the president repeated his claims that it was Cohen who arranged the payment, adding: 'You’re supposed to rely on an attorney to make a decision.'
Cohen appeared before Congress on Wednesday morning to read aloud a statement in which he labeled the president a 'conman', 'a racist' and a 'cheat'.
Central to his claims was that Trump was aware of hush money he paid Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair ahead of the election and that he signed a $35,000 check that was reimbursement for what Cohen paid her.
But speaking in Hanoi after the collapse of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Trump insisted it was Cohen who made the decision to pay the porn star.
Donald Trump says Michael Cohen 'made the decision' to pay $130,000 hush money to Stormy Daniels. Cohen appeared before Congress on Wednesday morning and said Trump was aware of hush money he paid Daniels to keep her quiet about their alleged affair
Daniels claims she and Trump met in July 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament and had sex
In an interview the president agreed with Hannity after he alleged Cohen 'said to me at least a dozen times, that he made the decision on the payments and he didn’t tell you'. Trump replied: 'Yes.'
He added: 'And he made a decision. And remember this, he’s an attorney. Whatever decision he makes, you’re supposed to rely on an attorney to make a decision.
'Somebody said - one of the very good Republican members today said that - you know, he’s supposed to be an attorney.
'He’s out there doing all sorts of things. When you’re -- when you have an attorney, you’re supposed to be able to rely on your attorney.'
On Cohen, Trump added: 'As far as Cohen is concerned, he’s convicted. He’s a liar. He’s defrauded at a high level. He’s got a lot of problems. And, you know, it was very interesting because he lied so much. I watched some of it. I actually was able to watch some of it.
'He just was not much of an attorney, that I will tell you. But he went up today and a lot of people thought he was very bad. I watched some of it, I thought it was -- I thought it was a terrible display of dishonesty, actually.'
The Donald Trump Jr.-signed check was dated in March 2017, and was drawn on a family Trust
Cohen has provided members of Congress with two