US President Donald Trump has insisted that payments to two women who alleged he had affairs with them did not break election campaign rules, though they were not reported to the Federal Election Commission.
It comes after his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating laws during the 2016 presidential election over his handling of the hush money.
Trump said the payments had come from him personally, not from the campaign.
His comments contradict a statement made earlier by Cohen under oath in which he said the president had instructed him to make the payments. In his first public comments, he denied knowing about one of the payments altogether.
Cohen acknowledged in court that the aim was to protect Trump’s candidacy, saying he had paid the money at the direction of the U.S president for the principal purpose of influencing the election.