Timeline: Trump, Cohen, Stormy Daniels and $130000

Timeline: Trump, Cohen, Stormy Daniels and $130000

On Wednesday night Mr Giuliani made a bombshell announcement on Fox News, confirming for the first time that Mr Trump personally reimbursed Mr Cohen.

President Trump talked to reporters Friday morning, calling out the media for ignoring positive stories in the country in favor of coverage of the Russian Federation investigation and Stormy Daniels.

President Donald Trump and his new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani think Americans are "stupid" as they nearly regularly alter their narrative about how adult film star Stephanie Clifford-also known as Stormy Daniels-was paid, according to the attorney representing her. Until a couple of days ago, the president and his aides had responded to questions about the hush money by saying that the president knew nothing of it.

Now that they're together, Trump and Giuliani are blazing their own chaotic path - one that appears to be heading straight toward a cliff. The distinction is important because if Giuliani publicly described a private conversation with the president, he might have inadvertently waived attorney-client privilege on that conversation, potentially opening the door for prosecutors to probe further into what was said.

Questions remain about just what Trump knew and when.

Cohen was recently the target of multiple search warrants by federal investigators in NY.

Cohen is facing a criminal investigation in NY, and FBI agents raided his home and office several weeks ago seeking records about the Daniels nondisclosure agreement. Alternatively, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein could assign it elsewhere, including to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

But Giuliani was made to look like he'd gone rogue by Friday morning.

April 9, 2018 - Federal agents in NY raid Cohen's office and a hotel room, seizing records on topics including the payment made to Daniels. Giuliani said the money was "funneled through the law firm and the president repaid it".




In other words, we still have no idea of when Cohen first discussed his payments to Stormy Daniels, or Trump's reimbursement, with Trump. "There were no campaign funds going into this which would have been a problem". That is a red herring.

Lockhart, meanwhile, said that often the hardest part of the job is "standing up there and looking like you don't know what you're doing, but understanding that just getting through the day and getting through the week is the best thing you can do".

Giuliani starts by making a conclusory statement about campaign law. Cohen has said neither Trump's business nor the Trump campaign reimbursed after paying her.

As if all that were not bad enough, there was a third area of Trump's exposure that Giuliani deepened: obstruction of justice.

"You wont see daylight between me and the President", Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday. Shifting explanations for a person's actions can be evidence of his corrupt intent, and for good reason: When a person keeps identifying new motives, it increases the likelihood that one or all of the explanations offered are not honest.

The White House issues a statement calling the Journal's story "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election". "He started yesterday. He'll get his facts straight", Mr. Trump said.

The comments capped a week of evolving facts surrounding the Oval Office.

Giuliani is "learning the subject matter, and he's going to be issuing a statement, too, but he is a great guy", Trump said. The president and his attorneys are running empty on credibility.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says it is "absolutely, unequivocally" untrue that Daniels and Trump had a relationship.

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