Defiant Donald Trump accuses Michael Cohen of making up hush money stories

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Ex-fixer says Trump directed him to make payments and lawyer says Cohen is ready to tell all he knows about Russian interference

Donald Trump has angrily protested his innocence after the criminal convictions of two associates plunged the White House deeper into turmoil.

The US president hit back at his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen who, in pleading guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations on Tuesday, directly implicated Trump in paying “hush money” to prevent two women speaking out about alleged extramarital affairs.

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