Donald Trump On ‘Fox and Friends’: Most Important Things Donald Trump Revealed in His Fox News Interview About Stormy Daniels
Raise your hand if you’re totally confused about what actually happened between Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. And join the crowd. With all the “he said, she said” going around about the alleged affair it’s tough to figure out the truth. But recently, when President Trump appeared on Fox and Friends, he acknowledged something that kind of seals the deal. Keep reading to find out what he said — and to whom — on page 5, and make sure you find out the repercussions on page 6.
1. Trump’s denial
According to The Washington Post, Donald Trump denied in April 2018 that he knew his lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence regarding her alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. The feds are investigating the payment, but Trump said he knew nothing about it — or where Cohen got the money — and insisted that Daniels’ allegations were false.
Next: Here’s what Michael Cohen says.
2. Cohen’s admission
Michael Cohen has admitted that he paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 just before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an affair she alleged she had with Trump, according to The Washington Post. Cohen and his attorney, Brent Blakely, have argued that civil case Daniels will pursue should be sent to private arbitration.
Next: Cohen’s in plenty of trouble.
3. The Cohen investigation
The FBI and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York are investigating Cohen and in April 2018, they raided his home, office, and a hotel room where he had been staying. The feds took records that related to different issues, and they definitely included those regarding Cohen’s work — on Trump’s behalf — to settle with Daniels, according to The Washington Post.
Next: Cohen won’t be talking.
4. Cohen to invoke Fifth Amendment right
In April 2018, according to The Washington Post, Cohen announced to a federal judge that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right — which enables him not to incriminate himself — in a lawsuit brought by Daniels. When Fox News asked Trump for his reaction to Cohen’s plea, Trump answered, “He’s a good person.” Trump also said that a lawyer probably told Cohen to plead the Fifth, and added, “I hope he’s in great shape.”
Next: Trump changes his story.
5. Trump’s admission
In an interview with Fox & Friends — Donald Trump’s favorite morning show — at the end of April 2018, the president perhaps unknowingly revealed that he knew about Cohen paying Daniels to keep mum. “Michael represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me,” said Trump. “And from what I’ve seen, he did absolutely nothing wrong. There were no campaign funds going into this.”
Next: The backlash
6. Trump did some damage
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s attorney, gave his opinion on MSNBC shortly after Trump appeared on Fox News, saying that Trump had made a “hugely damaging admission.” Not only did the president say what he did about the Daniels issue, he went on to distance himself from Cohen, according to The Washington Post.
“This doesn’t have to do with me,” said Trump said. “Michael is a businessman. He’s got a business. He also practices law. I would say, probably, the big thing is his business. I have nothing to do with his business.” When the interviewer asked Trump how much legal work Cohen takes care of for him, Trump answered, “As a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny fraction.”
Next: More backlash
7. The feds take advantage of Trump’s comment
According to CNN, federal prosecutors jumped on Trump’s comments regarding Cohen doing only a “tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work. In a court filing, the FBI argued that because Cohen did so little of Trump’s legal work, the documents the FBI seized were “unlikely to contain voluminous privileged documents.”
Next: Daniels’s attorney is all atwitter.
8. More from Stormy Daniels’s lawyer
Michael Avenatti took to Twitter to talk about Trump’s comments shortly after the interview ended. “Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen previously represented to the American people that Mr. Cohen acted on his own and Mr. Trump knew nothing about the agreement with my client, the $130k payment, etc. As I predicted, that has now been shown to be completely false,” tweeted Avenatti.
Next: Giuliani comments.
9. Here’s what Rudolph W. Giuliani had to say
Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, changed Trump’s story, according to the Los Angeles Times. On May 2, 2018, Giuliani said that Trump “funneled” the $130,00 hush payment reimbursement through Michael Cohen’s law firm. “The president repaid it,” Giuliani said to Fox News. He went on to explain that the reimbursement was not paid in a lump sum, but split into retainer payments of $35,000 each to Cohen. He also said that the payments came “with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes.”
Trump backed up Giuliani’s claims with this tweet: “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…..
And added this tweet after the first: ” … 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,……”
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