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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Trump's Lawyer Reveals New Insight On Stormy Daniels Payment


Rudy Giuliani joined President Donald Trump's legal team last month, and in a whirlwind few days, he has made a series of eye-opening statements about a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. After an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, Giuliani's comments have prompted legal questions from Trump critics and remarks from the President himself, who said Friday that his new attorney was "still getting his facts straight." Giuliani stunned many with the admission that Trump reimbursed his attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, for silence about an affair that Trump has denied. Giuliani asserted to Hannity that Trump repaid Cohen, dismissing concerns that the payment to Daniels violated campaign finance law. "That money was not campaign money, sorry," Giuliani said. "I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know. It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation." Kushner 'disposable,' Comey fired because he wouldn't clear Trump In the interview with Hannity, Giuliani also bristled at the idea the special counsel would target Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump and said that as a man, Jared Kushner, is "disposable." "I guess Jared is a fine man, you know that," Giuliani said, referring to the President's son-in-law. "But men are, you know, disposable. But a fine woman like Ivanka? Come on." Giuliani also got into the firing of FBI Director James Comey and offered another reason for the dismissal: Comey had failed say Trump was not a target of the Russia investigation. "He fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn't a target of the investigation," Giuliani said. "He's entitled to that. Hillary Clinton got that." Comey, who like Giuliani was once the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, responded to Giuliani on Twitter, taking exception to Giuliani's use of the word "stormtroopers" to refer to the federal agents who raided Cohen's home and office under warrants executed by the Southern District. Following up in print After his appearance with Hannity, Giuliani spoke with The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, where he elaborated on his comments and the Daniels payment. Giuliani told the Journal that Trump was "very pleased" after the Fox News interview and that Trump had authorized him to announce the reimbursement, although the authorization "wasn't specifically" for his appearance on Fox News that night. Giuliani spoke more about his understanding of the situation to the Post, saying Trump was not told about the payment "since it was somewhere between 10 and five days before the election." "And he wasn't told," Giuliani continued. "But even if he was told, he wouldn't have remembered it, like I wouldn't have remembered it." To 'Fox and Friends' The morning after Giuliani's interviews, Trump posted a statement on Twitter about the reimbursement, saying, "Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA." He added that the "agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth." That same morning, Giuliani returned to Fox News and said he thinks Cohen facilitated the payment to help the Trump family and also questioned openly what would have happened if the Stormy Daniels story had gone public at the height of the campaign. "I think he was trying to help the family," Giuliani said of Cohen. Later in the interview on "Fox and Friends," Giuliani said, "Imagine if that came out on October 15th, 2016, in the middle of, you know, the last debate with Hillary Clinton.https://ift.tt/2rp9OZ0 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

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