Stormy Daniels lawyer on Trump and Giuliani: 'How stupid do they think all of us are?' (The Hill link): The attorney representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her defamation case against President Trump lashed out at the president and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, after the former New York mayor released a statement clarifying remarks he made on Fox News.
Michael Avenatti accused the two men of "making it up as they go along" after Giuliani released a statement Friday explaining his comments stating that Trump personally reimbursed his attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels days before the election.
Cohen has stated that the payment was meant to silence false allegations about then-candidate Trump in the days before the 2016 election.
Giuliani shocked many in Washington this week when he told Fox's Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed Cohen through his retainer fee for the payment that critics have called a campaign finance violation, seemingly negating statements made by both Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter. The president reimbursed that over a period of several months,” Giuliani said Wednesday.
Trump later suggested that wasn't fully accurate in quotes to reporters at the White House, saying Giuliani "started yesterday" and will "get his facts straight."
On Friday, Giuliani attempted to clarify those remarks, claiming that his "references to timing were not describing my understanding of the president's knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters."
In an interview with NBC News, Giuliani added that he did not think Trump knew about the payout to Daniels until just weeks ago.
“I don't think the president realized he paid him back for that specific thing until we made him aware of the paperwork,” he said.
Mod: It only gets worse for the apparently senescent Mr. Giuliani.
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He returned to Fox News and on Thursday morning and made things even worse. On Friday, he was forced to issue a statement effectively recanting everything he said the previous two days. By Saturday night he was back on Fox News. Things did not get any better. Giuliani appeared on one of Trump’s favorite programs, Justice With Judge Jeanine, which airs at 9 p.m.
He admitted that he was returning to national TV even though he is still not fully versed with the facts of the Stormy Daniels case or any other of Trump’s legal issues. “The facts I’m still learning… I’ve been on the case two weeks… I’m not an expert on the facts yet. I’m getting there,” Giuliani said.
It showed. In an interview that lasted less than 8 minutes, he made several significant errors.
Giuliani again addressed the Stormy Daniels case and the $130,000 hush money payment made by Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen to the adult film actress. If the money was intended to influence the campaign, it could violate federal law.
But Giuliani told Pirro that the donation would be legal “even if it was a campaign donation.” According to Giuliani, it was legal as a campaign donation because “the president reimbursed it fully.”
This, however, is false. While candidates can donate unlimited money to their own campaigns, all campaign donations, and loans, must be reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The failure to report the donation is a violation of federal law. The Stormy Daniels payment has never been reported to the FEC by Trump. If it was a campaign expense Trump broke the law.
How much Mr. Trump knew about the payment to Stephanie Clifford, the actress, and who else was aware of it have been at the center of a swirling controversy for the past 48 hours touched off by a television interview with Rudolph W. Giuliani, a new addition to the president’s legal team. The interview was the first time a lawyer for the president had acknowledged that Mr. Trump had reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the payments to Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.
But three people close to the matter said that Mr. Trump knew that Mr. Cohen had succeeded in keeping the allegations from becoming public at the time the president denied it. Ms. Clifford signed a nondisclosure agreement, and accepted the payment just days before Mr. Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump has denied he had an affair with Ms. Clifford and insisted that the nondisclosure agreement was created to prevent any embarrassment to his family.
Mr. Giuliani said this week that the reimbursement to Mr. Cohen totaled $460,000 or $470,000, leaving it unclear what else the payments were for beyond the $130,000 that went to Ms. Clifford. One of the people familiar with the arrangement said that it was a $420,000 total over 12 months.
Mod: It is important to remember that we're talking about the President here. Who apparently is a very strange and creepy dude.