Trump lawyer Giuliani defends legality of porn star payment

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Giuliani also left open the possibility that the president's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made payments to additional women on Trump's behalf. Giuliani told Costa he had not been informed of the wiretaps.

Pirro asked if Giuliani was "talking about the facts or were you talking about the law", Giuliani said the law. It's not campaign money. The President said that he would view any investigation into his finances as "a violation".

The comments contradicted Trump's assertion last month that he was completely in the dark about the payment.

There was still nearly certainly a campaign finance violation.

Both the president and Giuliani have said the payment to Daniels by Cohen had nothing to do with the presidential election. "It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not", Giuliani said in a statement.

"My references to timing were not describing my understanding of the president's knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these measures", he said in a statement. Fraud charges could be used to compel Cohen's cooperation in the ongoing Mueller investigation into Russian campaign meddling, or in criminal investigations targeting Trump.

Before Giuliani released his statement, Trump called the former NY mayor "a great guy". Giuliani, who announced he was joining Trump's legal team 15 days ago, "started yesterday", the President insisted. He's learning the subject matter.

"I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly, because everybody sees it now, and it is a pure witch hunt", Trump added, while incorrectly saying that Mueller has a "group of investigators that are all Democrats".

"Yeah, right", Baldwin's trump says. Prosecutors in NY are digging into Cohen's past business dealings.

Trump referred to the payments story as "that kind of crap" and said Giuliani was still getting up to speed on his legal position.

Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday he paid Cohen through a monthly retainer, it had nothing to do with the campaign and it was no with campaign money. Trump reimbursed him through a series of payments totaling $420,000 over the next year, sources recently told the New York Times.

Trump denied knowledge of the payment to reporters last month, but his new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, revealed Wednesday that Trump had reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen for the money.

Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, signed the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. She has also filed defamation lawsuits against Cohen and Trump. She also played a lap dancer in 2007's Knocked Up.

Adam Schuman, a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, told the Journal that the timeline suggests Cohen expanded his credit access in anticipation of high-dollar payoffs to defend Trump. Ben Stiller reprised his role as Trump attorney Michael Cohen while Jimmy Fallon returned to Studio 8H to play Jared Kushner, Scarlett Johansson appeared as Ivanka Trump, and Martin Short portrayed Trump's doctor Harold Bornstein.

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