Michael Cohen arrives to court in New York, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to multiple charges

August 21, 2018 - 12:03 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and "fixer'' Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign finance fraud stemming from hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen said in court that he paid Daniels "at the direction of” Donald Trump for the purpose of  "influencing the election."

The 51-year-old Cohen entered the plea in federal court in New York on Tuesday. The other charges involve bank fraud and income tax evasion.

As part of his plea agreement, Cohen agreed not to challenge any sentence from 46 to 63 months.

Cohen's plea follows months of scrutiny from federal investigations and a falling out with the president, whom he previously said he'd "take a bullet'' for.

FBI raids in April sought bank records, communications with Trump's campaign and information on payments to Daniels and McDougal.

Both women claimed Trump had affairs with them, which he denies.

Earlier this year he admitted arranging a $130,000 payment to quiet Daniels' claims that she had an affair with Trump.

Following Cohen's plea, Daniels said, "Michael [Avenatti> and I are vindicated and we look forward to the apologies from the people who claimed we were wrong."

The judge set Dec. 12 for sentencing and bail at $500,000.