Stormy Daniels Attorney: "Trump Will Not Serve Out His Term"
- Author: Leroy Wright May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 22:46
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said that US President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen's Dollars 130,000 payment to adult star Stormy Daniels to "stay quiet" on their alleged affair.
According to Lawrence Noble, senior director and general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, that's true: How the payment was made doesn't affect the legality.
Here's what to know about the payment - and why it's still problematic.
Asked whether the US President was aware of the payment, Giuliani underscored that "he did not know the specifics of it in his knowledge".
Stormy Daniels' lawyer called the Giuliani comment "a stunning revelation". Daniels says that Cohen was acting on behalf of Trump to keep her quiet to avoid a scandal and that he had her sign an agreement not to talk about her relationship with Trump.
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, has sued to have the non-disclosure agreement invalidated on grounds that he never signed it. Daniels also included violations of campaign finance law in her lawsuit against Cohen, who she added as a defendant in her suit against the president.
Giuliani's appearance on Fox News sent shockwaves through the political world, particularly given he took it upon himself to announce the president had reimbursed his long-time lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 hush payment to former porn star Stormy Daniels.
Giuliani's claim about the money contradicts what the president previously said about the matter.
Is the payment a violation of campaign finance law?
"After it was over, there was the opportunity to reimburse", he added, saying, "the President reimbursed him out of non-campaign, non-campaign contribution money, private money, his money, and he did it over a course of 2017". "I said it weeks ago, I'm going to say it again: Mr. Trump will not serve out his term", he said.
One legal expert said that if Trump knew about the payment and used campaign cash to pay back Cohen, he could be "on the hook for criminal violation of campaign finance laws".
The White House referred questions to the president's personal legal team.
The reporter then asked, "Then why did Michael Cohen make [the payment], if there was no truth to her allegations?"
"If the goal of this was to stop [Daniels] from hurting the campaign", Noble continued, "then what you have is Cohen made a loan to the campaign. He did his job".
Asked aboard Air Force One last month whether he knew about the payment, Trump said flatly: "No". If so, then the campaign could not have made the payment without violating the personal use prohibition.
It also followed an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid in early April on Cohen's home, office and hotel room in which information related to the payments was reportedly seized. Nothing was ever disclosed. Second, Republicans once more look utterly craven in their continued defense of Trump, whose lies are piling up faster than we can track them.