Politico reports that Rudy Giuliani joined Donald Trump's legal team with a mandate to aggressively stamp out the investigations bogging down his presidency.
But Giuliani's recent move seems to be having the opposite effect. As Politico put it, "instead, he's causing new migraines for the White House."
Giuliani appeared to stun Fox News Host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night be revealing — openly and without hesitation — that Trump had reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. The payment was made to keep her silent about an affair.
"This was for personal reasons. This was, the President had been hurt personally. Not politically, personally so much, and the first lady, by some of the false allegations, by one more false allegation, six years old, that I think he was trying to help the family," Giuliani said on "Fox and Friends," according to NBC News. "For that, the man is being treated like some kind of villain, and I think he was just being a good lawyer and a good man," he added, referring to Cohen.
President Trump "did know about the general arrangements" of the payment, said Guliani, in a statement that seemed to outright contradict comments that President Trump had made earlier. Indeed, up until now, the official position by the president had been a denial of any knowledge of the deal.
According to Politico, "While the revelation seemed designed to tamp down questions about whether the pre-election payment could constitute a campaign finance violation, it raised serious questions about whether Trump publicly lied and if Giuliani complicated ongoing litigation between Daniels and the president."
Giuliani's recent announcement has been causing a headache for the White House. And now, by Thursday morning, Politico reports that "damage control" is already underway.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for instance, referred questions about Giuliani's comments back to the former mayor.
On Twitter, for instance, Trump tried to bring attention back to the argument that a payment wouldn't be a violation of campaign finance law.
“Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA,” Trump wrote. “These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth.”
“In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair,” the president continued. “Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll [sic] in this transaction.”
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