"Asked whether Trump tried to hide what Cohen was doing, the lawyer replied, "Correct." As for whether Trump knew it was illegal, he said, "Of course."
"The truth is, I told the truth. I took responsibility for my actions. And instead of him taking responsibility for his actions, what does he do? He attacks my family."
He added, "Here's the truth: The people of the United States of America -- the people of the world -- don't believe what he's saying. The man doesn't tell the truth. And it's sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds."
Reiterating something he said in court Wednesday, Cohen said he feels unburdened by acknowledging what he did for Trump.
"I have my freedom," he said, adding, "I will not be the villain of his story."
As part of his agreement with prosecutors, Cohen admitted that he lied to Congress when he said negotiations that he and other Trump aides held with powerful Russians about a potential real estate project in Moscow had not continued well into the 2016 presidential campaign.
When asked why the American public should now believe he is telling the truth, Cohen replied, "Because the special counsel [Robert Mueller] stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them was credible and helpful.
"There's a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth," Cohen said."
"The truth shall set you free!"*
Or at least get you only 3 years in a cushy facility.