Trump reimbursed Cohen for Stormy Daniels payment: Rudy Giuliani

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Ryan said despite whether Cohen was paid back, Trump's lawyer could have violated campaign contribution law, because Ryan said it appears Cohen made an illegally large in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.

Daniels has sued Trump and Cohen to be released from the non-disclosure agreement, saying it was invalid because Trump never signed it.

But if Cohen or Trump could establish that discussions with Daniels over the payment long predated his run for office, that could help them with the argument that the money was a personal rather than political expense.

Right after Mr. Hannity asked for clarification, Mr. Giuliani insisted: "This has been money which has been paid with his lawyer, " the president slipped that during the time scale of many weeks. "I said, '$130,000? You can do a couple of checks for $130,000'".

"That money was not campaign money, sorry", Giuliani added. "They funneled through a law firm and the president repaid it".

GIULIANI: Everybody was nervous about this from the very beginning.




"Did the president flat-out say that he didn't pay Stormy Daniels - you had to ask Michael Cohen, Michael Cohen dealt with that, he didn't know anything about that?"

"First of all, [Giuliani] said 'paying some money to be quiet is not a criminal act, that's OK, and there was no campaign finance violations, '" York continued. In addition to repaying the $130,000, the arrangement gave Cohen "enough left over for him to profit in [2017]".

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti called Giuliani's statement "a stunning revelation".

"Mr Trump evidently has participated in a felony and there must be serious consequences for his conduct and his lies and deception to the American people", he said.

Rick Hasen, an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, noted that, despite Giuliani's claims, "Cohen would have still made an illegal loan to the campaign" if it is determined that the payment was related to the campaign.

"He did? Look, I don't know, I haven't investigated that, no reason to dispute that, no reason to dispute his recollection", he said. Asked by reporters on 5 April while on board the official presidential jet whether he knew of the $130,000 payment, he bluntly replied: "No". Asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said: "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen".

In court documents filed in Los Angeles, Ms Daniels" attorney said: "Cohen meant to convey that Ms Clifford is a liar, someone who should not be trusted, and that her claims about her relationship with Mr Trump is "something (that) isn't true'".

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