Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani (R), after a bombshell interview in which he revealed that President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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 ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 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.
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair,......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018