The president also complained about the treatment that associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, both of whom were found guilty on multiple felony counts this week, received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Manafort conviction was the first case sent to trial by the special prosecutor probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election. I think everybody would be very poor.
The US president then launched into a rambling statement on job creation and other economic progress he said had been made during his presidency.
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The effort gained renewed energy after Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen told a district court judge in NY that he made hush money payments to an adult film actress and a former Playboy model "at the direction" of Trump with the intent to "influence the election". Text "NEWS" to 22840 and always receive verified news updates.
And the president is accusing his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, of "making up stories" in order to get a "great deal" from prosecutors.
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Cohen had said Tuesday he secretly used shell companies to make payments used to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels for the goal of influencing the 2016 election.
In an interview with Fox News aired on Thursday, Trump said he paid Cohen out of personal funds and the payments were meant to resolve a personal matter, not to benefit his campaign.
Trump has insisted that he only found out about the payments after they were made, despite the release of a September 2016 taped conversation in which Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing a deal to pay McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair she says she had with Trump.
Under oath in a federal court this week, Cohen admitted that he made the hush payments to McDougal and Daniels "at the direction" of Trump-an admission that legal experts say implicates Trump in serious campaign finance violations.
In addition to the two counts of violating campaign finance laws, Cohen also has pled guilty to six counts of fraud.
The US president lauded the 69-year-old Manafort for leaving his fate to a jury rather than striking a plea deal - a move that has sparked speculation Manafort hopes for a pardon. "Paul Manafort, they raided his home at, like, 5 in the morning, I think on a weekend, and his wife is in bed, and they go in with guns?" Sometimes you get some pretty good information by watching shows.