Sunday 23 September 2018

Lawyer might have paid off more than just Stormy if it was necessary, says Giuliani

Porn actress Stormy Daniels on ‘Saturday Night Live’. Photo: Will Heath/NBCUniversal Media
Porn actress Stormy Daniels on ‘Saturday Night Live’. Photo: Will Heath/NBCUniversal Media

Julie Allen

Donald Trump might have had his lawyer pay other women who came forward claiming affairs with the president "if necessary", his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Sunday.

The former New York mayor was speaking in response to the furore surrounding a payment of $130,000 (€110,000) to porn star Stormy Daniels made by Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's personal lawyer.

The sum was paid along with a non-disclosure agreement intended to prevent her talking about an alleged tryst with the president.

Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Mr Trump in March to get out of the "hush agreement".

When asked on the ABC current affairs show, 'This Week', whether Mr Giuliani had knowledge of any other women being paid, he said: "I have no knowledge of that. But I would think if it was necessary, yes."

His comments came days after a report in the 'Wall Street Journal' detailed the existence of a possible "slush fund" used by Mr Cohen to settle problems during Mr Trump's 2016 election campaign.

According to the report, Mr Cohen had access to as much as $774,000 (€650,000) from credit lines tied to his family properties.

The White House has sought unsuccessfully to quell the growing scandal around they payments.

Last week Mr Giuliani claimed that Mr Trump had reimbursed Mr Cohen for the money, contradicting the president's earlier comments that he knew nothing about the payments.

A lawyer for Ms Daniels called Mr Giuliani's remarks "an absolute unmitigated disaster".

In a cameo appearance on 'Saturday Night Live', Ms Daniels called on the president to resign, and warned: "A storm's a-coming, baby."

Mr Giuliani also offered further evidence of a toughened approach to the investigation into Russian election meddling led by Robert Mueller, suggesting the president may ignore any subpoena and instead plead the Fifth Amendment so as not to incriminate himself.

When asked if Mr Trump would comply, he said: "He's the president of the United States.

"He can assert the same privileges other presidents have. We don't have to." (© Daily Telegraph London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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