Attorney for President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, says on ‘Hannity’ that Mueller owes the Trump team a report saying Russian collusion means nothing.
In a wide-ranging interview on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani told host Sean Hannity that President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, $130,000 that Cohen paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
“That money was not campaign money,” said Giuliani, a recent addition to Trump’s legal team who is also a former mayor of New York City and Republican presidential candidate. “It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation.”
“They funneled the payment through [Cohen’s] law firm,” Hannity said.
“Funneled it through the law firm and the president repaid it,” Giuliani said.
But Giuliani later clarified for Fox News that the money Trump paid to Cohen was for unspecified “expenses,” and that the president was unaware that money would be going to Daniels.
‘Over several months’
On “Hannity,” Giuliani said Trump repaid Cohen “over several months” by putting him on a “retainer of $35,000 when he was doing no work for the president.”
“I said, ‘That’s how he’s repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes,'” said Giuliani, who 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. Like I take care of things like this for my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along.”
Last month, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he had no knowledge about the payment Cohen made to Daniels. When asked why Cohen sent Daniels the money, the president answered: “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen – Michael’s my attorney.”
Days later, federal agents raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in New York City.
After Giuliani’s appearance on “Hannity,” sources familiar with the matter told Fox News that Trump did in fact repay Cohen the $130,000 Cohen paid to Daniels, over several months.
While the source did not know why Trump said he had no knowledge of the payments in the Air Force One gaggle, the source confirmed that the president knowingly paid Cohen back