Cohen says he pleaded guilty to crimes he didn’t commit

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prison-bound former lawyer candidly told actor Tom Arnold last month that he pleaded guilty to some crimes he didn’t commit so his wife wouldn’t “get dragged into the mud of this crap.”

Michael Cohen told Arnold “they had me on campaign finance” for arranging hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, but denied committing tax evasion. He called a crime related to a home loan “a lie.”

He also complained in the March 25 call that he felt abandoned after giving more than 100 hours of interviews and testimony to federal investigators and congressional committees.

Arnold said he recorded the 36-minute call without Cohen’s knowledge. Arnold provided a copy to The Wall Street Journal, which reported on it Wednesday.

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