During an interview on Fox News on Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani asserted that President Donald Trump repaid Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money provided to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims to have had an affair with Trump. Cohen is currently being investigated for campaign finance violations related to the payment and previously denied being repaid.
Trump has also denied knowing about the payment Cohen provided to Daniels. However, Giuliani, who is acting as Trump’s lead attorney in relation to Robert Mueller’s investigation, claims that Cohen was repaid.
“It’s going to turn out to be perfectly legal,” said Giuliana. “That money was not campaign money.”
He went on to state that the funds were “funneled through a law firm, and then the president repaid it.”
Previously, when asked whether he had knowledge of the payment made to Daniels, Trump replied, “No,” according to a report by the Huffington Post.
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump added when reporters pressed the issue. “Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”
Giuliani stated that Trump had paid Cohen $35,000 as a retainer “when he was doing no work for the president,” hinting that the money was actually a reimbursement.
“I said that’s how he’s repaying it, with a little profit and a margin for paying taxes, for Michael,” he added.
When specifically asked if the president was aware of the repayment, Giuliani seemed to backtrack, claiming that Trump “didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know.”
“But he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this. I take care of things like this for my clients,” Giuliani continued. “I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.”
🚨 Giuliani says Trump repaid Cohen the $130,000 used as hush money for Stormy Daniels pic.twitter.com/pqNtZthgwf
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