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Kellyanne Conway’s Inaccurate Claims About Michael Cohen’s Hush-Money Payments

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Ms. Conway, a counselor to President Trump, falsely claimed that he did not know about payments to two women until this year, and misleadingly suggested the arrangement occurred in August 2015.
What Was Said
— in an interview with CNN on Thursday
Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws when he arranged payments to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign to keep them from talking about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump.
Ms. Conway is a counselor to Mr. Trump. Her suggestion that the president did not know about these payments until this year is not credible, given the audio recording, news reports and statements from Mr. Trump’s current lawyer.
American Media Inc., the parent company of The National Enquirer, has admitted that it purchased the story of one of the women, Karen McDougal, to suppress it, prosecutors said this week .
The tape that Mr. Cuomo referred to is a recording between Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump in which they discussed the payment to Ms. McDougal, a former Playboy model. The recording was made in September 2016, according to CNN, and was publicly released this summer.

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