Trump unhappy with Giuliani and Hannity after this week's interview

Bessie Dean
May 7, 2018

Of all the ways to describe Trump reimbursing Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payment, "funneled through a law firm" is as close as you can get to calling it money laundering for purposes of avoiding FEC scrutiny.

The next day, Giuliani insisted that Trump didn't know the specifics of Cohen's arrangement with Daniels until recently, telling Fox & Friends that the president didn't know all the details until "maybe 10 days ago".

Instead, Daniels herself did the honours in a skit in which she was depicted in a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, which left him reeling between arousal and fear.

Hours after President Donald Trump said his lawyer Rudy Giuliani did not have "his facts straight", the former NY mayor issued a statement on Friday saying $130,000 in hush money paid to an adult-film star before the 2016 election was not an election law violation. He said Cohen received $460,000 or $470,000 in all for expenses related to Trump.

"He's the president of the United States", Giuliani said.

When Trump asks what it's going to take for her to drop this whole thing, Daniels said, "a resignation", to the cacophonous cheer of the studio audience. "He'll get his facts straight". Longtime Trump defenders and critics alike questioned the president's honesty in the aftermath of Giuliani's casual admittance, which appears to contradict earlier statements made by both the president and his legal team.

His argument was that Trump would have paid the hush-money regardless of whether he was running for president, seemingly implying that it was to spare Melania embarrassment.

Pennies, really. Stormy Daniels may as well have paid Cohen. But Trump doesn't expect "journalism" on Hannity's show, certainly not when he's quizzing one of the president's lawyers about a fraught legal matter.

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Trump has denied the liaison.

The White House had no immediate comment on Cummings' letter.

Last month, while aboard Air Force One, President Trump told reporters he knew nothing about the payment.

The new revelations about Cohen's financial maneuvers add color to his role as Trump's fixer, who the billionaire businessman has dispatched over the years to extinguish legal fires on his behalf.

Baldwin as Mr Trump then takes over the call and tells Ms Daniels everyone knows the alleged affair is "just an act". "You can't merely hire an attorney, in this case, for instance, which seems more and more likely, to be your own private slush fund", said Colleen Rowley, former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent and TIME's 2002 Person of the Year for her role as a whistleblower. Times reporters are probably investigating that at this very moment, although only Cohen may know the full truth.

Daniels filed a lawsuit over the nondisclosure agreement, claiming it was void because Trump never signed it himself. He's doing a great job as chief of staff.

Kelly's stature inside the White House has always been the subject of speculation.

This makes him the flawless TV representative for the Trump administration.

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