Trump airs grievances in revealing Fox interview

Trump says hands-off approach to Justice Department could change

President Donald Trump pugnaciously defended himself against the "phony" Russian Federation probe in a hyper-kinetic interview where he tried to settle so many scores that the Fox hosts tried to give him the hook.

He said weeks ago that he had no knowledge of a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual tryst with Trump in 2006. During the interview, however, he changed his tune.

"He's now just admitted, and he tripped himself up, he's just admitted that, in fact, Michael Cohen represented him in connection with the Stormy Daniels situation", he continued, adding that he would be using Trump's admission in court.

"I am very disappointed in my Justice Department", Trump said. And I've been really able to really escape that cloud because the message now everyone knows is a fix - it's a witch hunt.

The internet went insane with Trump's admission, seemingly confessing he did know about the payment, for which Cohen is now under investigation. Her career got a boost in 1984 from Giuliani, the U.S. Attorney who made her chief of the organized crime task force, according to "Gangbusters", by Michael Stone.

The reactions that followed were a mix of shock and mockery.

Despite a cosy welcome from the three hosts - regular cheerleaders for the Republican president - the interview nearly immediately took an awkward turn when Trump was asked about his gift for his wife.

President Donald Trump holds a news conference at the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018.

Trump denied knowing about the payment and has also denied there was an affair. But last week, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero said there were "gaping holes" in Cohen's request for a delay. "In letters to the court filed Wednesday, lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization said they were prepared to put significant resources into quickly reviewing the documents".

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And asked how much of his legal work Cohen is responsible for, Trump said: "As a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny fraction".

The legal showdown began after FBI agents seized records and documents as part of a probe by federal prosecutors in NY into possible bank fraud and wire fraud.

"I don't know his business, but this doesn't have to do with me", Trump said of Cohen.

In a phone call to Fox News' "Fox and Friends" Thursday morning, a freewheeling President Trump discussed everything from the news of the day to his frustrations with the Justice Department in a 29-minute long interview.

"Those memos are about me and they are phony memos", Trump told Fox.

Cohen's April 25 declaration said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized documents and electronic devices with information related to his $130,000 payment to Daniels and communications with his own lawyer, Brent Blakely, that are related to the lawsuit.

By asserting that right, Mr Cohen can avoid revealing information in Ms Daniels' civil lawsuit that could aid federal investigators in the criminal probe of his business dealings.

Mr Trump said he had a new nominee in mind but would not disclose the name other than to say it would be "somebody with political capability".

Trump said the top people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Comey were 'crooked'.

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