Trump repaid porn star hush money to lawyer - Giuliani

When asked about Giuliani's comments, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News that it is ongoing litigation and referred the questions to the President's outside counsel. 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.

He said they suggested campaign finance violations and possibly, bank fraud and money laundering. The White House says Trump did not have a sexual encounter with Daniels, and the president has denied the other allegations as well. He said that the $130,000 was initially paid for by Cohen but then "the president had reimbursed him over a period of several months". But appearing on MSNBC shortly after Giuliani spoke, Avenatti said: "The President of the United States should not be lying to people about this".

"Comey should be prosecuted for leaking confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation information when he leaked his report meant to develop a special prosecutor for the President of the United States", Giuliani said.

The reporter cited Trump's earlier comments about the mob pleading the Fifth, adding, "Do those comments apply to Michael Cohen?".

The attorney for Stormy Daniels is calling for "serious consequences" for President Donald Trump, after his new lawyer says the president reimbursed his personal "fixer" for a $130,000 payment to the porn actress.

Back in a "60 Minutes" CBS TV interview in March, Daniels opened up to Anderson Cooper about the alleged affair, recalling that it involved a spanking for Trump with a rolled up magazine, her being compared to his daughter Ivanka Trump and a suggestion that she go on Celebrity Apprentice. The payment was made by the president's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Asked why Cohen made the payment, Trump said, "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen". "Michael's my attorney, and you'll have to ask Michael".

"Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?" asked one reporter.

"Everybody was nervous about this from the very beginning", he said.

"They funneled the payment through [Cohen's] law firm", Hannity said.

The source did not know the exact timing of when the payments to Cohen began and ended. "I wasn't. I knew how much money Donald Trump put into that campaign, and I said, "$130,000? "No reason to dispute that, no reason to dispute his recollection", Giuliani replied.

'But he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this'.

"The fact is, just trust me, they're going to come up with no violation there", he said. "These are busy people".

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told CNBC: "This is exactly what we predicted would ultimately be shown". This should never be acceptable in our America.

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