Giuliani tries to clarify hush money comments

Giuliani tries to clarify hush money comments

Giuliani tries to clarify hush money comments

"We're not changing any stories", Trump proclaimed.

Trump had denied a month ago having any knowledge of the payments to Stormy Daniels.

Clarification: An earlier version of this story reported that Trump attorney Michael Cohen said in past that he had not been reimbursed for paying porn actress Stormy Daniels.

He said in a statement that he used his own personal funds to facilitate the payment.

Scoffing at the theory that his controversial publicity spree had caused irreversible damage to Trump's legal position, Giuliani framed his admissions as part of an elite strategy concocted between himself and the president: "I wanted to get out in front of the Special Counsel and the Southern District [of New York] because at some point they would realize this information and leak it", he said.

Mr Trump undercut his new lawyer and told reporters that Mr Giuliani would eventually "get his facts straight".

Asked by reporters on Air Force One earlier this month about the transaction, Trump said: "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen". Go back and take a look.

A New York Times report this week documented the "cold truce" between the two men as Trump has soured on Kellys efforts to impose order on the chaotic White House.

"The New York Times has falsely reported, said things that are absolutely false".

Mr Cohen is facing a criminal investigation in NY, and FBI agents raided his home and office several weeks ago seeking records about the Daniels nondisclosure agreement.

The search warrant was obtained in part on a referral from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's office.

The fact that the warrant came from a Mueller tip appeared to infuriate Trump, who called the raid "an attack on our country".

Legal experts told the Washington Post that Mr Giuliani's comments may help investigators established campaign finance violations, which can be hard to prove.

On Thursday, Sanders took issue with a reporter's characterization that she had felt blindsided by Giuliani's interview. "And I think youre going to see very good things".

He added that Cohen handled a "tiny, tiny little fraction" of his overall legal work. He said, "It is undisputed that the President's dismissal of former Director Comey - an inferior executive officer - was clearly within his Article II power". "So I just want to tell you that". Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert showed how Giuliani's appearance on Hannity completely contradicts previous statements made by Trump and Cohen. "They funneled it through a law firm and the president repaid it".

In a brief telephone interview later Friday, Giuliani said the episode has not hurt his standing with Trump.

The contradictory statements nonetheless add to the peril posed to Trump by his alleged assignation with Daniels, which the actor has said happened in 2006.

"Giuliani told NBC that the president responded, "'Oh my goodness, I guess that's what it was for'".

Mr Giuliani has warned Mr Trump that he fears Mr Cohen, the President's longtime personal attorney, will "flip", bending in the face of a potential prison sentence, and he has urged Mr Trump to cut off communications with him, according to a person close to Mr Giuliani.

She has also filed defamation suits against Mr Cohen and Mr Trump. "We will not rest until justice is served".

May 3, 2018 - On Twitter, Trump acknowledges he repaid Cohen after claiming previously he didn't know about the payments. 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.

The tweets marked Trump's most extensive comments to date on the payment, though they stood in direct contrast with his denial on April 5. In a statement, he said: "There is no campaign violation".

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