Stormy Daniels plays cameo role in Trump comedy sketch
May 07 2018 by Lorena Waters
Giuliani gave a series of interviews this week, including claiming Trump had paid back his lawyer Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush money payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.
"When the president said no on Air Force One", she said, "he was talking about he didn't know when the payment occurred". He specifically called it "a nuisance payment". Days before the presidential elections, Daniels received Dollars 130,000 from Trump's personal attorney Cohen so as not to go public with her alleged intimate encounter with Trump years ago. Trump continues to adamantly deny that any obstruction has taken place and has suggested that questions about it would amount to "a setup" and "trap". Ben Stiller reprised his role as Trump attorney Michael Cohen while Jimmy Fallon returned to Studio 8H to play Jared Kushner, Scarlett Johansson appeared as Ivanka Trump, and Martin Short portrayed Trump's doctor Harold Bornstein.
Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney to President Donald Trump, reportedly gained access to a large sum of money meant to be used for tying up loose ends on behalf of Trump during the 2016 election. He is the attorney representing Stormy Daniels and he joins us live from Los Angeles.
Giuliani continued to push back against arguments made by Daniels' attorney and other government watchdog groups, who accuse the Trump campaign of violating federal campaign finance laws by not reporting the payment on Trump's campaign finance documents.
When Stephanopoulos asked whether Giuliani was "confident the president will not take the Fifth", Giuliani sounded exasperated and somewhat frazzled. Giuliani quickly came up with a new version.
Trump wants to testify but his legal team has concerns he would be treated fairly, Giuliani said. "I can just say it's rumor", Giuliani said.
"They were a regular occurrence".
Avenatti said there is ample evidence to prove that Cohen approached Daniels before the election to keep her mouth shut. Prosecutors have secured five guilty pleas, including from former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, both of whom admitted they lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Last month, Trump said he didn't know about the payment when it happened and didn't know where Cohen got the money. Right now the Governor of NY (where President Trump could be facing charges) is a Democratic Governor named Andrew Cuomo. "It was a fast-moving exchange".
"He's the president of the United States", Giuliani told ABC News' "This Week". The omission of those debts could have violated a federal law that prohibits wilfully making false statements to the USA government, he told Reuters. He also noted that no one involved in this case seems to have their story straight, and that most of what Giuliani has said to the press over the last few days seems like a complete fabrication. "He (Cohen) made payments for the president, or he conducted business for the president, which means he had legal fees, monies laid out and expenditures, which I have on my bills to my clients", Giuliani said.
But some legal experts said the timing of additional payments could undercut that argument by showing a pattern of behaviour.