Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, isn’t buying the president’s defense of his alleged role in hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that was slated to air Friday morning. “First of all, nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump. He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters.”

Cohen also said Trump had him coordinate the payments, which came weeks before Election Day 2016, because he was worried about the potential impact of revelations about his alleged trysts with the women. “Yes, he was very concerned about how this would affect the election,” Cohen said.

Prosecutors and Cohen said Trump directed the lawyer to handle the illegal payments to Daniels and McDougal. After the sentencing, Trump attacked Cohen on social media and in an interview with Fox News, saying he “never directed” Cohen to break the law – and that the campaign-finance charges to which Cohen pleaded guilty were intended to embarrass the president. Trump said those payments weren’t even illegal.

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Cohen interview.

The interview marked Cohen’s first comments to the media since he was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for federal charges including campaign-finance violations, tax fraud and lying to Congress. He is scheduled to report to prison March 6.

Cohen, who worked for Trump for over a decade and had once said he would take a bullet for the man, poses a major threat to the president. Cohen has told prosecutors that he worked to cover up Trump’s alleged “dirty deeds,” and the lawyer continues to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“I gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty,” Cohen told ABC.

His cooperation is fueling other cases that could imperil Trump, too. Thursday night, The Wall Street Journal reported that federal investigators, acting in part because of evidence collected from a raid on Cohen’s office and residence in April, had opened up a criminal probe into possible financial crimes involving alleged foreign contributions for Trump’s inauguration.

In another dire sign for Trump, federal prosecutors announced that they had granted immunity to American Media, the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, in connection to the McDougal payments. David Pecker, CEO of the company, was a friend of Trump’s. He had previously been granted immunity, according to media reports. NBC News, citing a source, and other media outlets reported that Trump was in the room with Cohen and Pecker during discussions about how to help the campaign keep women quiet about their alleged affairs with the then-candidate.

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