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President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has backtracked in a recent recorded phone call, claiming he's not actually guilty for crimes he pleaded guilty to.
In a conversation with Trump-hating provocateur Tom Arnold, Cohen said that he hadn't evaded taxes, and that a criminal charge linked to his home-equity line of credit was "a lie," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Arnold - Cohen - Knowledge - Minutes - March
Arnold recorded Cohen without his knowledge for approximately 36 minutes during a March 25 phone call, which Arnold provided to the Journal.
"There is no tax evasion," said Cohen on the call. "And the Heloc? I have an 18% loan-to-value on my home. How could there be a Heloc issue? How? Right?…It’s a lie."
Recording - Messrs - Cohen - Arnold - Range
In the 36-minute recording, Messrs. Cohen and Arnold covered a range of issues, from the legal troubles of former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti to Mr. Trump’s affinity for the leader of North Korea.
Cohen tells Arnold he pleaded guilty in AUgust because "they had me on campaign finance," while prosecutors were also targeting his wife - whose name some of the $2.4 million in interest payments he received from loans was deposited, New York federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing.
Woman - Mud - **** - Cohen - Judge
"I love this woman, and I am not going to let her get dragged into the mud of this ****," said Cohen. "And I never thought the judge was going to throw a three-year fricking sentence."
Of note, Cohen is due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence on May 6 after testifying for more than 100 hours to federal and congressional investigators.
Folks - Guy - Everything - Cohen - Arnold
"You would think that you would have folks, you know, stepping up and saying, ‘You know what, this guy’s lost everything,’" Cohen told Arnold...
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