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The allegations sent the White House into defence mode and threatened to overshadow Mr Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at a summit in Vietnam.
Mr Trump tweeted from Hanoi:
Mr Cohen is facing years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump before the 2016 election. He has also admitted lying to Congress in the past, another crime.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said on Tuesday: “Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements.
“Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It’s laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies.”