Giuliani to Hannity: Trump reimbursed Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment, campaign funds not used

While appearing on Wednesday’s edition of Fox News’ “Hannity,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said President Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 that was paid to porn star Stormy Daniels.  Giuliani said that to his knowledge, Trump didn’t know about the “specifics” of the deal, but knew of a “general arrangement” that Cohen would take care of things like that.

And, he added, no campaign money was used in the transaction.

“That money was not campaign money. Sorry, I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation,” Giuliani said.

He also said the money was “funneled through the law firm and the president repaid it.”

“But, do you know the president didn’t know about this?” Hannity asked.

“He 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, like I take care of things like this for my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along,” Giuliani said in response.

An article at the anti-Trump Daily Beast added:

The apparent admission came less than a month after Trump categorically denied knowing about Daniels’ pay-off, and a week after he admitted that Cohen had represented him in negotiating her nondisclosure agreement.

Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District, repeatedly boasted on Fox during the 2016 presidential campaign about information on the Hillary Clinton investigation he said came from active FBI agents—a leak that’s expected to be addressed in a forthcoming report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Giuliani also hammered fired FBI Director James Comey as a disgraceful, pathological liar and told Hannity he was embarrassed for hiring him.

Here’s the full interview:


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