Trump says Daniels payment unrelated to campaign

04 May, 2018, 07:12 | Author: Rachel Logan

Asked what questions might be appropriate, the lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor, suggested two to Reuters: "Was there some agreement with the Russians?" Mr Trump is expected to announce further details of his proposed meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the coming days. No one has suggested that Trump was involved in that investigation.

"He didn't know the details of this until we knew the details of this, which is a couple of weeks ago", Giuliani remarked on "Fox & Friends" morning show. "The president reimbursed that over a period of several months", Giuliani said.

The Kremlin has denied assertions by USA intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election.

Although the Daniels payment was only $130,000, Trump's payments to Cohen - $35,000 a month for a year - added up to more than $400,000.

A federal judge in Los Angeles last week put Daniels' lawsuit against Trump and Cohen on hold for 90 days so Cohen can focus on the federal probe in NY.

"Are they trying to trap him?"

Giuliani, in a follow-up interview with The Washington Post on Thursday, said that though Trump had repaid Cohen, he had been unaware of Cohen's arrangement with Daniels' until "about two weeks ago". "We want to get it over with", he said.

Trump, who in April told reporters he did not know about the payment to Daniels made by his lawyer Michael Cohen the month before the 2016 election or the source of the money, said on Twitter the funds were part of a "private agreement" that involved money that had "nothing to do with the campaign".

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Trump said his attorney Michael Cohen received a monthly retainer, which he used to pay the actress to sign an agreement not to talk about her allegations and thus "stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair".

Giuliani disputed claims that a $130,000 payment to Daniels, an adult film star who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, amounts to a campaign finance violation.

News has corrected a story that said federal investigators had placed a wiretap of the phone lines of President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, saying the feds were monitoring only what calls were being made but weren't listening in.

The FBI was seeking records about the non-disclosure agreement. He denied they had an affair.

A reporter asked the president if he knew about the payment, in which Mr. Trump responded "no". The two have had several private conversations in recent days in which Giuliani fanned Trump's anger with Mueller's probe, according to two people familiar with their conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss them. But outside experts said it raised a number of questions, including whether the money represented repayment of an undisclosed loan or could be seen as reimbursement for a campaign expenditure. Trump as candidate would have been permitted to make unlimited personal contributions to his own campaign. What explained the discrepancy between what she said on March 7 and what Giuliani said on Wednesday night?

In this instance, "the best information I had" is a euphemism for "the President of the United States didn't tell me the whole truth and then I went out and repeated it".

"If anything, the facts surrounding Mr. Edwards were arguably more campaign-related than what is happening today", Baran said.


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