Giuliani tries to walk back comments about porn star payment

05 May, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Giuliani's Remarks May Hurt Bid to Keep Trump's Secrets in Cohen Case

Campaign finance groups said the $130,000 payment, made less than two weeks before the 2016 election, amounted to an in-kind campaign contribution, and should have been reported as such. "He's a great guy".

Donald is a great guy, but he started a day ago, he'll get his facts straight.

(Per the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, a monetary sum can't be used "for the goal of influencing any election for Federal office" in any way-including to stave off potentially damaging revelations about affairs with porn stars!) Giuliani reversed course on Thursday, claiming to NBC that "If there was no campaign, Cohen would have made the same payment in the same amount to prevent personal embarrassment and heartache to [Trump's] wife". In those times, when the "mainstream media" controlled the narrative, Donald Trump stood no chance of becoming the US President. "But there has been a lot of misinformation".

Yet some analysts say the payment, made in the heat of the election, could nevertheless have violated laws because it sought to influence the outcome of the vote by keeping Stormy Daniels silent.

The comments capped a week of evolving facts surrounding the Oval Office. The distinction is important because if Giuliani publicly described a private conversation with the president, he might have inadvertently waived attorney-client privilege on that conversation, potentially opening the door for prosecutors to probe further into what was said.

Reporter: Did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?

Cohen, the subject of Federal Bureau of Investigation raids last month, has insisted he paid Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, exclusively from his personal funds and in order to silence her and protect Trump's reputation on the eve of the 2016 election.

"You're not going to see daylight between the president and me", he said. Giuliani revealed the reimbursement Wednesday night on Fox News and then told the Washington Post on Thursday that Trump's payments to Cohen began earlier than "mid-year" 2017.


"Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton", Mr Giuliani said. Cohen has said neither Trump's business nor the Trump campaign reimbursed after paying her. "Its a lot easier", the president said. Chief of staff John Kelly was among the aides who watched the Giuliani interview with shock on Wednesday. Could be, but I think that's more likely spin to help Giuliani out of a jam. "That's all you want to talk about".

An earlier report from NBC News suggested that Kelly had called the president "an idiot" in private and viewed himself as the only bulwark against chaotic decision-making and risky decisions by Trump.

Speaking to reporters again by Air Force One at Andrews air force base, Trump said: "When Rudy made the statements ..." In a public appearance seemingly created to underscore their relationship, Kelly and Trump walked together from the helicopter to a group of reporters waiting nearby.

Cohen is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations, according to people familiar with the matter.

Minutes earlier, as he walked out of the White House, he told reporters he would "love to" sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he believes he will be "treated fairly".

Trump called the continuing news stories about Daniels "crap" and said the White House would offer an accounting of the payments. But the investigation "is a very unfair thing".

Separately, The Wall Street Journal publishes a story stating that the National Enquirer - run by David Pecker, a Trump supporter - had paid $150,000 to silence former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal about a sexual relationship she allegedly had with Trump a decade ago. In fact, Mueller is a Republican who was appointed by George W. Bush, worked for Bush for seven years, and then five under Obama, before retiring.

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