Rudy Giuliani said Trump 'repaid' Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payoff to Stormy Daniels — a payoff that Trump claimed he knew nothing about.
Rudy Giuliani, a new addition to Trump’s legal team, went on Fox News Wednesday night and promptly created a slew of new trouble for Trump.
In what started as an attempt to defend Trump from allegations of wrongdoing related to the $130,000 payoff his lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels, Giuliani ended up blurting out an admission that Trump not only knew about the payment — he actually reimbursed Cohen for it.
Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Trump “knew the general arrangement” but not the “specifics,” a statement that flatly contradicts Trump’s own denials about the matter.
But that wasn’t even the worst part. As he tried to make the case that the hush money was not a campaign finance violation, Giuliani admitted: “They funneled it through a law firm, and the president repaid it.”
Hannity’s reaction tells the story.
Instead of clearing Trump of wrongdoing, Giuliani opened the floodgates, revealing that Trump paid off a porn star to keep her from talking in the weeks leading up to the election — and then blatantly lied about it to the American people.
This comes just a week after Trump went on Fox News and blurted out that Cohen had “represented” him in the case — an admission that blew up his previous statements denying that he was even aware of it.
Now, Giuliani has provided even more evidence that Trump lied about the payoff. And since he did it while appearing on Fox News, Trump was almost surely watching as his own lawyer gave up the goods.