Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump admits reimbursing lawyer for porn star payoff

Trump admits reimbursing lawyer for porn star payoff

Compounding Trump's potential legal vulnerabilities were additional comments by Giuliani, who returned to Fox News Thursday morning and made clear that if Daniels hadn't been paid days before the election, a public revelation from her could have turned the presidential race upside down.

The implication: Mr. Cohen struck the deal with Ms. Clifford on his own and without the knowledge of the president.

"One, Cohen would have violated campaign finance law by making a $130,000 payment, which is in excess of the $2,700 personal limit; two, the Trump campaign would have violated law by accepting an excessive contribution and also by failing to report it", Fischer said.

"The greatest significance is that it implicates the president directly", he said. "So the legal strategy is now fight, fight, fight".

But by Thursday afternoon, when Giuliani undertook his second interview with BuzzFeed News in just over 14 hours, it was clear that Trump's new outside lawyer in the Russian Federation investigation had taken on a much larger role - helping to manage Trump's image as well as his legal standing.

Mr. Cohen responds in a statement, "These rumors have circulated time and again since 2011".

"What happened here is that somebody else made a $130,000 (USD) contribution and Trump later repaid it and covered it up", Eisen said.

Talk about a gut punch.

Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and US attorney, joined Trump's legal team last month.

That's the worst showing in Mueller's numbers since the poll started asking that question on a regular basis last November, and a 10-point jump since the end of March.

Giuliani said on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning that Cohen attempted to make the Daniels controversy "go away" with the payment - a suggestion that the agreement was meant to help Trump's election chances.

"We're seeing the unraveling of a corrupt regime by the force and power of the law, and the people who are the handmaidens of the law", he said. "He'll do whatever it takes publicly to get his message out".

Giuliani told The New York Times he had documentation proving Trump had reimbursed the sum, which he said "removes the campaign finance violation" prospect.

"I've give the very best information that I had at the time", she said.

Midway through a Wednesday night interview with Hannity, new Trump legal adviser Rudolph Giuliani noted that President Donald Trump had reimbursed lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she first learned that Trump had repaid the hush money from Giuliani's interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity".

"That is not a newsworthy event, but this is what Stormy Daniels wants to make a newsworthy event", he said on Fox News.

"Rudy is playing the political card", Bannon said.

Originally, the president's Russian Federation legal strategy leaned on White House Counsel Don McGahn and two of his longtime personal attorneys, Michael Cohen and Marc Kasowitz.

Long-time observers of the White House see a familiar story unfolding.

The conservative First Amendment lawyer Jay Sekulow has also endured. He notably did not include the president personally. Most FEC, Federal Election Commission, violations are handled civilly. His presidency never really recovered.

Flood initially turned down the president past year when asked to join the White House for the post that Cobb later accepted.

Feds, wiretaps, Trump's attorney, scandal... Ryan said it is likely no one would have noticed it. "Oh, I didn't know that", he said. That means there are two possibilities for Giuliani's freakish media jag.

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