Giuliani: Trump Repaid Lawyer for Daniels Hush Money

Her lawyer calls it a 'stunning revelation'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2018 12:51 AM CDT
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In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, NJ.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(Newser) – President Trump's new lawyer directly contradicted Michael Cohen and the president himself in bombshell remarks on Fox Wednesday night. Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 "hush money" payment to Stormy Daniels, and the arrangement was "perfectly legal" because no campaign funds were involved, Politico reports. "It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation. They funneled through a law firm and the president repaid," Giuliani said. Cohen has long insisted that he made the payment with his personal funds and was not reimbursed, and the president told reporters earlier this month that he was unaware of the payment.

Giuliani, who said he didn't think Trump knew about the specifics of the payment, later told the New York Times that Trump had reimbursed Cohen after the campaign for around $470,000 for "incidental expenses," including the Daniels payment. Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, called the admission a "stunning revelation," the AP reports. Trump "evidently has participated in a felony and there must be serious consequences for his conduct and his lies and deception to the American people," he said. On Fox, moments after the Hannity appearance, host Laura Ingraham said Giuliani's new version of events may have caused a major problem for Trump, Business Insider reports. "I love Rudy, but they better have an explanation for that," she said. "That's a problem."

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