Giuliani Revealed Trump's Payback to 'Get Out in Front' of Mueller

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The Wall Street Journal in January published a story detailing that Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels just weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

The couple's son, Barron, is born.

"We predicted months ago that it would be proven that the American people had been lied to as to the $130k payment and what Mr. Trump knew, when he knew it and what he did in connection with it", he wrote on Twitter.

He said there "has been a lot of misinformation", but gave no specifics. "Forget about this story, leave Mr. Trump alone".

President Donald Trump has insisted "we're not changing any stories" about the 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, even as he further muddied the explanation for the settlement by suggesting the new face of his legal team needs to "get his facts straight".

"A lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages", Trump said.

AMAZING! In trying to talk his way out of a campaign finance violation, Trump has admitted to filing a false financial disclosure in 2017.

"Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly", Cohen told the newspaper, referring to Daniels by her legal name, Stephanie Clifford.

What we're seeing at the White House this week is damage control upon damage control upon damage control. According to Giuliani and others, the payment was made by Cohen without consulting Trump. "How is it possible that the representative for the president to the press doesn't know what is going on before Giuliani is getting on the air?" fellow co-host Sunny Hostin wondered.

Giuliani starts by making a conclusory statement about campaign law.

March 25, 2018 - In a highly anticipated interview with CBS' "60 Minutes", Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent. For now, the President just wants you to know that some of them weren't. You go back and take a look.

Cohen was in some legal jeopardy because if he had paid Daniels out of his own funds, that might mean he had knowingly made an in-kind campaign contribution well in excess of the $2,700 limit per election to a federal candidate.

Cohen was recently the target of multiple search warrants by federal investigators in NY.

Daniels filed a lawsuit against the president on Monday for defamation after he trashed her claim that she had been threatened by a man representing Trump in 2011. Trump tweeted a year ago. "A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!"

This appeared to cause problems for Trump, who had denied knowing anything about the payment.

"From what I see he did absolutely nothing wrong", Trump said.

WASHINGTON? President Donald Trump undercut his attorney Rudy Giuliani on Friday, and said the former NY mayor will eventually get the facts right regarding a payment to a pornographic actress who said she had an affair with Trump.

But Giuliani and Trump have never been close friends, associates say, and Giuliani was upset by his treatment during the transition - when he was passed over for secretary of state by Trump's eventual choice of businessman Rex Tillerson.

In a burst of tweets, Trump denied the hush money was connected to his campaign, calling it a "private agreement". "He did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this", Giuliani told Fox News on Wednesday. He said the money "had nothing to do with the campaign".

Cohen previous year said he had paid Daniels out of his own money in return for signing a non-disclosure agreement about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump.

In his statement, Giuliani also sought to make clear that he speaking in television interviews about his understanding of events in which Trump had been involved and not about what the president knew at the time.

Expect a pullback rather than a full mea culpa, because Trump clearly still remains enamored of Giuliani's pugilistic instincts. But he declined to elaborate.