Rudy Giuliani on Hannity, Fox News Channel May 2, 2018

The POTUS’s new lawyer hinted at a forthcoming battle royale as the Mueller investigation may have met its match.

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team move closer to their intended target, the president of the United States, Donald Trump’s new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, went on the record extensively for the first time on Tuesday.  The forum was a one-on-one interview with Sean Hannity that took up the entire hour of the Fox News Channel’s #1 prime-time host.  Giuliani made a lot of news during the hour with Hannity, but the media seized on the “bombshell” relating to Trump’s relationship with the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels.

Earlier on Wednesday, Giuliani had appeared by phone – a shaky cell phone conversation with White House correspondent John Roberts – during Neil Cavuto’s 4 P.M. E.T. Fox News program, although the former NYC mayor, federal prosecutor, friend of Trump, and new Trump legal hire left the big news for later, when he was live in studio with Hannity.

Rudy Giuliani and Sean Hannity at the start of Hannity, Fox News Channel May 2, 2018

The bombshell news came when Giuliani revealed that Trump had repaid his personal attorney Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment, which the media has called “hush money,” to porn actress Stormy Daniels.  This admission immediately jumped to the lead story on the competing news channels, wire services, network radio newscasts, and Thursday morning’s newspapers coast to coast.  For the first time, a representative of the POTUS had finally admitted, as the Washington Post quickly headlined it, that “Trump repaid attorney Cohen for Stormy Daniels settlement.”  The Post story quickly went to the #1 spot in its list of “most read – world” articles.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a recent addition to President Trump’s legal team, said Wednesday night that Trump made a series of payments reimbursing his attorney, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 settlement with an adult-film actress – despite Trump’s assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment.

“The president repaid it,” Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity[.] …

Giuliani said that even though Trump reimbursed Cohen, he does not know when the president learned of the nature of the payment Cohen had made to Daniels. Giuliani said the president didn’t learn many of the details about the settlement until the past two weeks, in the wake of an FBI raid on Cohen’s office and residence.

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