The Latest: White House dismisses Cohen accusations as lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The White House is dismissing the accusations from President Donald Trump’s former fixer that Trump directed hush money payments to two women during the presidential campaign to buy their silence about alleged affairs.

Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Friday blasted the media for taking Michael Cohen seriously and “giving credence to a convicted criminal.”

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Cohen said in an interview aired Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump directed the payments in 2016 so the women’s stories would not damage his election chances.

The former attorney this week was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors have indicated that Cohen made the payments at Trump’s behalf.

Gidley called Cohen a “self-admitted liar” and said “there are documents to prove it” but did not elaborate.

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7:11 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer says he bought the silence of two women because Trump was “very concerned” about how their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.”

In an interview with ABC News that aired Friday, Michael Cohen said he “gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty.”

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

Prosecutors have said Trump directed Cohen to arrange the payments to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the run-up to the 2016 campaign.

Cohen says he’s angry with himself for the deals.

Trump has denied he directed Cohen to break the law.

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