May 3, 2018

Trump tweets defense of Stormy Daniels payment, denies affair

In a string of early Thursday morning tweets, President Trump denied using campaign funds for the $130,000 that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels for her silence regarding an alleged affair. Trump has previously stated that he had no knowledge of the agreement.

Go deeper: The AP has a great explainer on why Trump's claim that the payment can't be tied to the campaign could be legally dubious.

The backdrop: Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that Trump knew of Cohen's arrangement to pay Daniels. But the president and Giuliani both claim that the funds for the payment came from Trump personally.

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