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May 4, 2018

This Week: Giuliani Ignites Firestorm With Stormy Daniels Revelations

Rudy Giuliani catapulted himself into the center of a media maelstrom this week by divulging that President Trump personally reimbursed Michael Cohen for hush money payments that Cohen shelled out during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a remarkably candid admission, Giuliani said that he shared this bombshell about the $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels “to get out in front of the special counsel and the Southern District” investigation into Cohen. According to Giuliani, Cohen was reimbursed by Trump through a series of $35,000 retainer payments. Though Giuliani insisted that this was a purely personal matter and therefore not subject to campaign finance law, he also admitted that having the alleged affair surface weeks before Election Day would have hurt Trump’s campaign. Cohen is reportedly claiming that Giuliani “doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” and even Trump said on Friday that Giuliani just “started yesterday” and will “get his facts straight.” Giuliani later released a statement to “clarify…

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