Giuliani: Trump repaid $130K his lawyer spent to hush porn star

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Giuliani: Trump repaid $130K his lawyer spent to hush porn star

"These are busy people". Trump has previously denied knowing anything about the payments.

Guiliani's revelation seemed aimed at reducing the president's legal exposure.

The two sides have been negotiating the terms of a possible interview for months, including topics Mueller might pursue as part of a almost year-old inquiry into possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump said last month that he didn't know about the payment and deferred questions about the matter to Cohen. It's also the first time he's denied the sexual affair.

In recent months, the scandal linking Donald Trump to an affair with Stormy Daniels has dominated the news cycle [VIDEO].

"Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton", Giuliani said on "Fox and Friends", referring to Daniels' claim she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

After an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office and home, Giuliani also indicated that he wanted to change the discussion surrounding the $130,000 payment that Cohen made to porn actress Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about a sexual tryst with Trump. But after Giuliani announced Trump had in fact paid back Cohen for the hush money payment, Gidley had to return to the studio for a live interview. Trump's campaign did not disclose any donations from Michael Cohen, according to U.S. media.

He described Mr Giuliani's comments on Wednesday as "a stunning revelation".

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Stormy Daniels, agreed.

When asked by reporters a month ago if he knew about the payment to Ms Daniels, Mr Trump said: "No".

It was recently revealed in court that Hannity is one of Mr Cohen's clients.

Americans who voted for the president say they don't believe his denial of the adult film star's claim that she had a 2006 affair with Trump, the same year that Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron.

Daniels offered her account of her relationship with Trump in an interview on the CBS News program "60 Minutes" broadcast in March. That's yet to waver through six check-ins - a stability that, if reflected in supporters nationwide, suggests a political security for a president remaking the GOP in his own image.

The president chimed in on Twitter, publicly admitting Cohen made the payment to create a non-disclosure agreement on his behalf, but added "this was a private agreement".

But Giuliani contradicted that statement on Thursday, telling "Fox & Friends" that Cohen was "definitely reimbursed".

It is not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized, but NBC News has learned it was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen's offices, hotel room, and home in early April, according to one person with direct knowledge.

The lawsuit over the non-disclosure agreement was put on hold last week by a judge in Los Angeles, who said the potential overlap between the case and the criminal investigation in NY could violate Cohen's constitutional right against self-incrimination.

The payment to Daniels has raised numerous legal questions, including whether it was an illegal campaign contribution and, now, a loan.

Use of campaign funds would be a violation of federal law. "I wasn't. I knew how much money Donald Trump put into that campaign, and I said, '$130,000?"

"The President's biggest achievement so far would have to be survival", says Daniel Kohn, a retiree in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"When I heard Cohen's retainer of $35,000, when he was doing no work for the president, I said 'That's how he's repaying, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes for Michael, "' Giuliani said.

Days before the November 2016 election - Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pays Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence. If so, that could be legally problematic.

This could be "a real complication for the government", said former Federal Election Commission Chairman Scott Thomas - for instance, he said, if it was a regular payment and Trump didn't expect accounting of how it was used.

"In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford", Cohen said in a statement in February.

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