Trump repaid his lawyer for Stormy Daniels hush money

Trump repaid his lawyer for Stormy Daniels hush money

Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team dealing with the Russian investigation said Trump had reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen, who paid Daniels the sum right before the election.

"After it was over, there was the opportunity to reimburse", he added, saying, "the President reimbursed him out of non-campaign, non-campaign contribution money, private money, his money, and he did it over a course of 2017".

On Wednesday night, Giuliani argued that the payment to Daniels could not have violated campaign finance laws because no campaign money was involved. "Funneled it through the law firm, and the President repaid him".

"Funneled through a law firm, and then the president repaid it", Giuliani said.

However, Giuliani later clarified to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts that Trump did not know what the reimbursement was for, and Cohen had told the president they were simply "expenses", preserving the president's claim of ignorance.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti soon took to Twitter to highlight what Giuliani's statement actually meant.

Giuliani said the repayment was made "over a period of several months". "But he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this". "It's not as good as was when I first came in".

Last month, a federal judge in Los Angeles granted a 90-day stay in Daniels' original lawsuit, because Cohen may face a possible indictment in the criminal investigation by the FBI.

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When asked about Giuliani's comments, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News that it is ongoing litigation and referred the questions to the President's outside counsel.

"What we heard from Michael Cohen and for the people defending Michael Cohen for months was that the president never knew anything about the agreement, never knew anything about the payment, that Michael Cohen went off and did this on his own". For his part, Cohen has repeatedly asserted that the hush money paid to Daniels was from his own pocket.

It seems likely that Giuliani made the decision to give up the ghost on the porn star payment, which was always a lie and a very obvious one at that, in an exchange to say that next line: the money was not "campaign" money so... no violation. Giuliani said the president didn't learn numerous details about the settlement until the past two weeks, in the wake of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office and residence.

The source did not know the exact timing of when the payments to Cohen began and ended.

The nature of the payment to Daniels matters a great deal here. He said that Trump denies the relationship, but Cohen may have seen $130,000 as "cheap".

He also said that his words contradicting what Trump said on board Air Force One in April was not an issue.

"The president was always going to make sure he got it back, and enough money to pay the taxes", Giuliani said.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, called the comment "a stunning revelation".

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