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Fox’s Napolitano says Giuliani claim ‘unworthy of belief’
Fox senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said Thursday that it is "unworthy of belief" that President Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen and didn't know the money was being used to silence adult-film star Stormy Daniels about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump.
"If Rudy [Giuliani] wants the public to believe that Donald Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen $130,000 and didn't know what it was for, didn't know that it was going to silence Stormy Daniels, that is unworthy of belief," said Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge.
He described Trump as a "man who knows where every one of his nickels has gone."
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor now serving on the president's legal team, told Fox's Sean Hannity in an interview on Wednesday night that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels.
In doing so, Giuliani contradicted what the president has stated before about not knowing about the payment from Cohen to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Giuliani, 73, joined Trump's legal team in April and once was a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
He attempted to clarify his remarks on Hannity's program around the payment to Cohen and where it came from in another interview on Fox News on Thursday morning.
"It wasn't for the campaign. It was to save not so much their marriage as much as their reputation," Giuliani said.
"He didn't know the details of this until we knew the details of this, which was a couple weeks ago," he later added.
"Maybe not even a couple - maybe 10 days ago. Remember when this came up - October 2016. I was with him day in and day out then. I can't remember the details of what happened and this was - I know, $135,000 - I don't want to demean anyone but $135,000 seems like a lot of money ... it's not when you're putting $100 million into your campaign. It isn't pocket change but it's pretty close to it at the end."
When pressed why Cohen paid Daniels any money at all, Giuliani said Cohen made the allegations go away, which was his job.
"Imagine if that came out of Oct. 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton?" Giuliani asked.
"Cohen made it go away," he added. "He did his job."