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Monday, May 7, 2018

Trump recognizes that he paid to silence Stormy Daniels

Por Rory

Although slowly and in a somewhat grotesque way the truth is opened in the case of payment to the actress and porn director Stormy Daniels to silence her alleged sexual relationship with Donald Trump. The president of the United States has acknowledged this Thursday, finally and after denying it before, that he reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $ 130,000 with which he sealed, shortly before the November 2016 elections, the confidentiality agreement with Daniels, whose non-artistic name is Stephanie Clifford and who says she maintained a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 that the president denies.

In three tweets, the president signaled that he delivered a monthly advance to Cohen, disengaged from the campaign, through which, "through reimbursement," the lawyer paid a confidentiality agreement that was intended "to end the false and extortionate accusations" of the actress. It does not address why he lied about this.

Officially, Trump still denies any relationship with Stormy Daniels. The scene of Giuliani's revelation was an interview on Fox News, in prime time, with the star presenter of the conservative chain, Sean Hannity. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York and former presidential candidate and one of Trump's first supporters among Republicans, appeared as the president's lawyer, after it was announced on April 19 that he joined Trump's legal team to face to the investigation of the special prosecutor for the Russian plot.

Without being asked directly about it, Giuliani says in the interview that the payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels "was not campaign money." The clarification is pertinent, because this may be the clearest legal mess that Trump has been involved in. But then he says: "They channeled it through a law firm and the president reimbursed it." Hannity seems surprised at the answer, and Giuliani repeats it.

When the presenter reminds him that the president has claimed to know nothing of this, Giuliani responds: "Oh, I did not know the details, as far as I know. But I knew about the agreement in general that Michael (Cohen) would take care of things like this." Later, Hannity insists again, and Giuliani repeats: "The president reimbursed him in a period of several months". When the presenter reminds him that Michael Cohen says he did it on his own, Giuliani seems surprised: "Oh, yes? I do not know I have not investigated that. I have no reason to discuss it. "

Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) had a sexual encounter supposedly in 2006. Trump denies it. Shortly before the election, a decade later, Trump's personal lawyer and legal plumber, Michael Cohen, paid Daniels $ 130,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement on behalf of a client who did not sign the agreement (the signature is blank). ). Three months ago, Daniels sued Cohen and Trump for the agreement to be declared void. Trump had never referred to this issue until last April 6 a reporter asked him in Air Force One if he knew about the payment to Stormy Daniels. "No," he answered bluntly. Another asked him if he knew where the money had come from. "No, I do not know," he said. And he added that that had to be asked of Michael Cohen because he was his lawyer. With that statement, Trump got out of the way, but at the same time it damaged Cohen's story. According to the lawyer, his client did not even know that he had acted on his behalf.

The strategy of Michael Cohen to protect Trump has always been to say that the president knew nothing, that the money was paid by him and that he was not reimbursed by Trump, neither by his companies nor by the campaign. But the most serious derivation of this matter so far is the possibility that this money, by serving to favor the image of the candidate, is considered a donation to the undeclared campaign, which is a crime. That seemed to be the clarification Giuliani wanted to make on Wednesday night, even at the risk of leaving liars to Trump and Cohen. It is important because there is an ongoing FBI investigation into these payments, whose first consequence has been an aggressive search at the offices and home of Michael Cohen.

Shortly after the Fox interview, Giuliani spoke with Washington's mainstream media to confirm his words and to say that the president was aware of what he was going to say and approved of it. Washington Post journalist Robert Costa tweeted that he had just spoken with him and that he had assured him that the president was "very happy" with the disclosure and had approved his statements. The president "was very aware that at some point when I saw the opportunity, I was going to end this," says Giuliani, quoted by Costa. He says he spoke with Trump "four or five days ago". Giuliani insisted to the media again that the money given to Stormy Daniels is not an election campaign donation. That clarification seemed to be his main concern.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has never hidden that his ultimate goal with this lawsuit is to question the president in court. The more obscure areas and contradictions there are in the other party's version, the more likely it is that the federal judge who has the case in their hands in Los Angeles will call those involved, including Trump, to testify. Avenatti usually tweets his joy every time there is any new detail in this matter. Wednesday was no exception. Two hours after Giuliani's revelations, Avenatti appeared on CNN to say that the public should be "disgusted" with "the lies for three months."

On Twitter, he added: "Trump blatantly lied in Air Force One (...) We will not rest until justice is served."It remains to be seen, however, that Trump and Giuliani will succeed. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has taken advantage of the revelation to denounce Trump once again and the information bomb has certainly left the president in evidence.