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“They didn’t come out of the campaign; they came from me.”

So President Donald Trump told Fox News regarding payments his former attorney admitted to paying illegally in order to silence women from speaking of alleged affairs with Trump.

Trump’s comments, set to air Thursday, further complicate already contradictory statements on payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels. In April, Trump said he knew nothing about the $130,000 paid to Daniels, only to acknowledge the payment the next month.

In the Fox News interview set to air Thursday, Trump said he didn’t know about the payments until after they were made. That contradicts audio from Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, of Trump discussing a payment and Cohen’s claim that he acted at Trump’s behest.

“Later on I knew,” Trump told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt. “Later on I knew.”

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