August 21, 2018 / 10:51 PM / in a month

Cohen charges have no allegations of wrongdoing against Trump - Giuliani

(Reuters) - Federal charges against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen contain no allegation of wrongdoing against President Donald Trump and demonstrate a “pattern of lies and dishonesty” by Cohen over a long period, a counsel for the president said on Tuesday.

Rudy Giuliani is seen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Cohen pleaded guilty earlier on Tuesday to campaign finance violations and other charges, saying he made payments to influence the 2016 election at the direction of an unnamed candidate. Porn star Stormy Daniels has said Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump.

“There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen,” Trump counsel Rudy Giuliani said in a statement. “It is clear that, as the prosecutor noted, Mr. Cohen’s actions reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over a significant period of time.”

Reporting by Karen Freifeld; writing by David Alexander; editing by Tim Ahmann

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