Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani (R), after a bombshell interview in which he revealed that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE reimbursed Michael Cohen the $130,000 paid to Stormy Daniels, pondered what would have happened if the adult-film star's allegations of an affair with Trump came out late in the election.

Giuliani initially said during an interview with Fox News early Thursday that Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer for personal reasons. 


“If we had to defend this as not being a campaign contribution — I think we can do that. This was for personal reasons," Giuliani said. 

"The president had been hurt personally, not politically, personally, so much, and the first lady, by some of the false allegations that one more false allegation, six years old — I think he was trying to help the family. For that, the man is being treated like some kind of villain and I think he was just being a good lawyer and a good man," he continued. 

"It wasn't for the campaign. Iit was to save not so much their marriage as much as their reputation," he said. 

When asked why Cohen paid Daniels the money, Giuliani said Cohen made the allegations against Trump go away, saying "he did his job." 

“Imagine if that came out on Oct. 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE?" Giuliani asked.

"Cohen made it go away," he added. "He did his job." 

The former New York mayor, who recently joined the president's legal team, told Fox News's Sean Hannity late Wednesday that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the payment, even though Trump previously said he was not aware of the payment. Daniels has alleged the payment was meant to buy her silence about the alleged affair. 

“It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation. They funneled through a law firm and the president repaid it,” Giuliani said.

"He didn’t know about the specifics of it as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this," Giuliani added in the Hannity interview. 

Trump defended the payment on Twitter on Thursday.