Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was hired onto President Trump's legal team, offered a new detail in the Stormy Daniels lawsuit while speaking to Sean Hannity Wednesday.
Here's what he said
Giuliani was explaining why there were no campaign finance violations in the payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels when Hannity asked him to clarify his comments.
"I was talking about the $130,000 payment, the settlement payment, which is a very regular thing for lawyers to do," Giulani told Hannity.
"The question there was," he explained, "the only possible violation there would be, was it a campaign finance violation? Which usually would result in a fine by the way, not this big stormtroopers coming in and breaking down his apartment and breaking down his office."
"That was money that was paid by his lawyer," he continued, "the way that I would do, out of his law firm funds, or whatever funds, doesn't matter - the president reimbursed that over a period of several months."
"But he had said, I distinctly remember, that he did it on his own..." Hannity interrupted.
"He did?" Giuliani asked.
"...without asking," Hannity continued.
"I dunno, I haven't investigated that, no reason to dispute that, no reason to dispute his recollection," Giuliani responded. "I like Michael a lot, you like Michael a lot, I feel very bad he's been victimized like this, the president feels even worse."
"The fact is, just trust me," he said, "they're gonna come up with no violations there."
"Allright," Hannity said. "You mean the payment..."
"Yeah, the payment was perfectly legal," he concluded. "All documented."
Here's the video of Giuliani's comments:
The admission was immediately taken up by Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, as evidence of wrongdoing in the matter.
"We predicted months ago that it would be proven that the American people had been lied to as to the $130k payment and what Mr. Trump knew, when he knew it and what he did in connection with it," he tweeted. "Every American, regardless of their politics, should be outraged..."
1/2. We predicted months ago that it would be proven that the American people had been lied to as to the $130k paym… https://t.co/imn0ZTXIap— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1525315406.0
"Mr. Trump stood on AF1 and blatantly lied," Avenatti continued. "This followed the lies told by others close to him, including Mr. Cohen. This should never be acceptable in our America. We will not rest until justice is served."
2/2. ...by what we have now learned. Mr. Trump stood on AF1 and blatantly lied. This followed the lies told by othe… https://t.co/PJ0n8NXR4z— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti) 1525315489.0
Avenatti was referring to the denial by Trump on Air Force One in April that he had anything to do with the payment to Daniels.
“Mr. President, did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?” asked a reporter.
“No,” said the president, who also claimed that he didn't know where Cohen obtained the money to pay Stormy Daniels.