You have to question the timing, not to mention the content, of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s revelation in the ongoing saga of the president of the United States and a porn star. On Wednesday, Giuliani, now a lawyer for President Donald Trump, chose Sean Hannity’s eponymous TV show to announce that Trump had indeed paid off Stormy Daniels during the waning days of the 2016 election to keep her from revealing that she’d had sex with him in 2006. The money’s route, through the office of Trump’s longtime fixer and attorney, Michael Cohen, was circuitous and delayed, but according to Giuliani, the $130,000 Cohen paid Daniels (whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford) came out of Trump’s bank accounts. Giuliani is trying to clean up a mess, but he’s making an even bigger one in the process. Giuliani should know better. He’s a respected former U.S. attorney.
According to Giuliani, Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 hush money by putting him on a $35,000-a-month retainer, apparently starting in February 2017. Giuliani explained it this way: “Everybody was nervous about this from the very beginning. I wasn’t. I knew how much money Donald Trump put into that campaign. I said, …
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