Donald Trump personally directed his personal attorney to have a Ukrainian oligarch donate $150,000 to his personal charity in lieu of a speaking fee for a brief internet interview at an economic conference during his presidential campaign, according to the attorney.
Cohen claimed that Trump asked him to put off reporters who were asking about his medical deferment from the Vietnam War draft, privately telling his consigliere that there were no medical records of the bone spurs that he has said affected his heel in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
“When I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery,” Cohen told the House committee. “He told me not to answer the specific questions by reporters but rather offer simply the fact that he received a medical deferment.” When Cohen pressed him for more details, he said Trump finished the conversation abruptly. “You think I’m stupid,” Trump said, according to Cohen. “I wasn’t going to Vietnam.”