President Donald Trump has admitted he provided the hush money used by attorney Michael Cohen to suppress the allegations of two women that they had affairs with Trump.
In a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday on Fox, the president also didn't rule out a pardon for former campaign chief Paul Manafort.
Trump insisted he only knew about the payments "later on," contradicting his former lawyer's sworn statement that Trump had directed him to make the payments. Without mentioning Trump by name, Cohen made the statement in pleading guilty Tuesday to eight federal charges.
"Later on I knew. Later on. … What he did — and they weren't taken out of the campaign finance, that's the big thing. That's a much bigger thing," Trump told Fox. "Did they come out of the campaign?"
"They didn't come out of the campaign, they came from me," he said.
Trump has previously denied having affairs with either woman.
At a court hearing in New York on Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts related to tax fraud, excessive campaign contributions, making false statements to a financial institution and unlawful corporate contributions.
In a separate federal court, Manafort was found guilty Tuesday of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to file foreign bank account reports.