During a half-hour phone conversation with Fox & Friends Thursday morning, President Trump acknowledged that attorney Michael Cohen made a deal on his behalf with adult film star Stormy Daniels. The Washington Post notes that it's the first time Trump has confirmed that Cohen represented him when paying Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. Two weeks ago, the president flatly denied any knowledge of the deal. "Michael represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me," Trump said. "And from what I've seen, he did absolutely nothing wrong. There were no campaign funds going into this." A big deal? Daniels' attorney thinks so, calling it a "hugely damaging admission" on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, per NBC News.
Michael Avenatti later elaborated in a tweet: "Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen previously represented to the American people that Mr. Cohen acted on his own and Mr. Trump knew nothing about the agreement with my client, the $130k payment, etc." he wrote. "As I predicted, that has now been shown to be completely false." On the Fox morning program, Trump also distanced himself from Cohen's legal trouble. "This doesn't have to do with me," he said. "Michael is a businessman. He's got a business. He also practices law. I would say, probably, the big thing is his business. I have nothing to do with his business." And he made a point to say that Cohen is only one of many attorney who represent him. "So many attorneys you wouldn't believe," he said. (Cohen plans to plead the Fifth.)