(National Sentinel) Keeping It Real: During a Wednesday evening appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, former NYC Mayor and current presidential legal counsel Rudy Giuliani dropped some mini-bombshells regarding payments to his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, involving adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels.
Giuliani told Hannity that Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, $130,000 he paid Daniels over a period of several months.
The former mayor and federal prosecutor also said that Trump was simply reimbursing Cohen for “unspecified” expenses and that he was unaware of what the money was used for.
Trump told reporters last month aboard Air Force One that he did not know the details about the $130,000 payment. “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen about that,” he said.
Two days later FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, in part to look for evidence that the payment was a violation of campaign finance laws — which are normally not handled by the FBI but by the Federal Election Commission.
Nevertheless, Giuliani’s explanation that Trump put Cohen on a “retainer of $35,000 when he was doing no work for the president” was evidence that Cohen was reimbursed, and therefore his payment to Daniels was not an in-kind contribution.
“Paying Stormy Daniels $130,000 turning out to be perfectly legal. That money was not campaign money. Sorry, I’m giving you a fact not that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money…[Trump] knew he would take care of things like this — like I take care of this stuff with my clients, I don’t burden them with every single thing.”
“I said, ‘That’s how he’s repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes,’” Giuliani continued.
He added that Trump “didn’t know about the specifics of [the payment], as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this.
“These are busy people,” he said.
On Friday after the establishment media and political commentariat aligned against the president made a number of wild accusations and other speculative observations, Giuliani issued a three-part statement clarifying his earlier remarks.
“First, there is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether or not he was a candidate,” Giuliani said.
“Second, my references to timing were not describing my understanding of the President’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters,” he continued.
“Third, It is undisputed that the President’s dismissal of former Director Comey — an inferior executive officer — was clearly within his Article II power,” Giuliani wrote.
“Recent revelations about former Director Comey further confirm the wisdom of the President’s decision, which was plainly in the best interests of our nation.”
See a screen grab of Giuliani’s statement below:
BREAKING: Rudy emails his correction. pic.twitter.com/CNgzEn60yb
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 4, 2018
Here is a Fox News brief on the statement:
BREAKING NEWS: Rudy Giuliani issues statement clarifying recent comments. pic.twitter.com/jJIKzJy3e6
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 4, 2018