>> A day after a judge sentenced Michael Cohen to three years in prison for breaking federal election laws. President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets asserting that he has no connection with his former lawyer's crimes. Quote, I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. The President went on to claim that the charges against Cohen, quote, we're not criminal.
And asserting that, quote, those charges were just agreed to by him in order to embarrass the President. On Wednesday, Micheal Cohen admitted in court he orchestrated hush money payments to two women during the 2016 campaign. Federal prosecutors say Trump ordered the payouts to protect his campaign from allegations of sexual affairs with an adult film star and a Playboy model.
And while Trump claims Michael Cohen did not commit a crime, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York has a different opinion.>> What he did was he worked to pay money to silence two women who had information that he believed would be detrimental to the 2016 campaign and to the candidate, and the campaign.
>> Trump's tweets on Thursday also show a shifting response to what he knew about the payments and when.>> Did you know about $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?>> No. In April he said he knew nothing, but in May the White house said this.>> This was information that the President did know at the time but eventually were.
>> After Cohen flipped, pleaded guilty and began cooperating with investigators, Trump changed his tune again.>> She's a weak person, and not a very smart person.>> In his not yet deleted smocking gun tweet, the President defended the alleged hush money as quote, a simple private transaction. At a sentencing, Michael Cohen said the payments were part of covering up Trump's quote, dirty deeds.