Trump repaid Cohen $130K for payment to porn star, Giuliani says

“President Trump reimbursed Michael D. Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer, for a $130,000 payment that Mr. Cohen has said he made to keep a pornographic film actress from going public before the 2016 election with her story about an affair with Mr. Trump, according to Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of the president’s lawyers,” as The New York Times is reporting.

“That statement, which Mr. Giuliani made Wednesday night on Fox News, contradicted the president, who has said he had no knowledge about any payment to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, to keep quiet before the election.

“Asked specifically last month by reporters aboard Air Force One whether he knew about the payment, Mr. Trump said, ‘No,’ and referred questions to Mr. Cohen. He was then asked, ‘Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?’

“’No,’ Mr. Trump responded. ‘I don’t know.’

“In an interview with The New York Times shortly after his Fox News appearance, Mr. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and longtime Trump confidant who recently joined the president’s legal team, said that he had documentation showing that Mr. Trump had personally made the payment. Mr. Giuliani indicated that the goal was to conclusively demonstrate that there was no campaign finance violation involved.

“‘That removes the campaign finance violation, and we have all the documentary proof for it,’ he said. Mr. Giuliani added that when the initial payment was made, Mr. Cohen did it ‘on his own authority.'”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on “Trump repaid Cohen $130K for payment to porn star, Giuliani says”

  1. I think if the Chicago Bulls brought back Michael Jordan to play at the age of 55 they would have better luck than Trump is having bringing on Rudy Giuliani for navigating Trump’s legal problems. Rudy is way past prime, but he certainly is adding a new twist to Trump’s reality show presidency. This whole thing is bizarre beyond belief, even the attorney for Stormy Daniels was at a loss for words last night after Rudy’s appearance on Hannity.

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