Rudy Giuliani, one of the newest lawyers on President Trump’s legal defense team, appeared on Sean Hannity’s program on Fox News tonight and immediately leaked the bombshell that America’s been salivating to hear about.
The former New York Mayor confirmed to Hannity that the $130,000 that Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen paid to porn star Stormy Daniels as part of a hush money deal to have her keep quite about their adulterous affair was reimbursed to Cohen by Trump.
Up until now, Cohen has claimed that he was never reimbursed and that he mortgaged his home to raise the money to pay for Daniels’ silence.
After the FBI raided Cohen’s homes and offices and seized his files, however, it was only a matter of time before the truth about the reimbursement was going to be disclosed, so Giuliani and Trump must have decided to get ahead of the story by publicly admitting the real source of the funds now, allowing them to disclose the news while putting their own spin on the story.
The spin in this case is that Trump paid for the reimbursement with his own personal funds rather than money from the campaign coffers and thus, as Giuliani told Hannity, the payment did not violate any campaign finance laws as has been speculated.
“Funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it,” Giuliani said.
“He didn’t know about the specifics of it but he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this,” the former mayor said.
With the truth about the payment now public knowledge, it will be difficult for the president to credibly deny that the affair with the adult film actress took place, although it is almost certain that he will utilize the Bill O’Reilly tactic of claiming that he only paid the settlement with Daniels to avoid upsetting his family in a long, dragged out lawsuit.
The implications for Cohen, who has lied publicly about this very payment saying that he was never reimbursed, are uncertain. Unless Cohen made the claim of never having been reimbursed in official court documents in Daniels’ civil suit, he is unlikely to face additional repercussions for misleading the public.
The other headaches he will face once prosecutors get access to his non-privileged files, however, are another story.
You can watch Giuliani contradict President Trump initial claims about the Daniels affair in the video clip below.
Giuliani says Trump's payment to Stormy Daniels was legal because it didn't come from campaign funds.
On Cohen, Giuliani says, "[Trump] knew he would take care of things like this — like I take care of this stuff with my clients, I don't burden them with every single thing." pic.twitter.com/ZFgjNtCbnY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 3, 2018
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