Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump repaid his personal attorney Michael Cohen the $130,000 in hush money he spent to keep adult-film star Stormy Daniels quiet about the affair she says she had with the president back in 2006.
Giuliani, a former New York City mayor who joined the Trump legal team last month, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the payment had not come from campaign money and was “perfectly legal.”
“That money was not campaign money, sorry,” he said. “I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violations.”
Hannity responded by asking: “So, they funneled it through a law firm?”
“Funneled it through the law firm, and the president repaid him,” Giuliani confirmed.
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“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter. The president reimbursed that over a period of several months,” he continued later in the interview.
Hannity asked Giuliani to clarify about whether he was sure Trump repaid Cohen, noting that he was sure it had been reported that Cohen made the payment to Daniels without alerting the president that he would be doing so.
“I don’t know, I haven’t investigated that. No reason to dispute that, no reason to dispute his recollection,” Giuliani responded. “The fact is, just trust me, they’re going to come up with no violation there. The payment was perfectly legal, all documented.”
Last week, President Trump admitted for the first time that Cohen represented him in paying Daniels for her silence during a telephone interview with “Fox & Friends,” saying that the attorney handled a “tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work.
“He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal. He represented me. From what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong,” Trump said on the air.
Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti called the president’s remarks “hugely damaging” and said he would be using the admission in court against him.
“That's a hugely damaging admission by the president because, according to what he said on Air Force One a few weeks ago, he didn't know anything about the agreement,” Avenatti said.
“He's now just admitted, and he tripped himself up, he's just admitted that, in fact, Michael Cohen represented him in connection with the Stormy Daniels situation.”
Documents related to Cohen’s payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, were seized last month when federal agents raided his home, office, and hotel following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood appointed federal judge Barbara Jones to serve as a “special master” in the Cohen case last week, meaning Jones will be expected to determine whether or not the documents seized during the raid are protected under attorney-client privilege.