Giuliani Tries To Take His Foot Out Of His Mouth

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump’s new personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, attempted to clarify Friday previous statements he made regarding the president’s payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels, the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and others.

“There is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not,” Giuliani said in a statement Friday.

The president personally reimbursed his attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment he made to Daniels, Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday. His comments Tuesday squelch the argument Trump used campaign funds to pay off Daniels but come in stark contrast to the president’s repeated statements he was unaware of any payment Cohen made to Daniels.

“My references to timing were not describing my understanding of the President’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters,” Giuliani said in a statement.

Giuliana also commented on Trump’s firing of Comey.

“It is undisputed that the President’s dismissal of former Director Comey — an inferior executive office — was clearly within his Article II power. Recent revelations about former Director Comey further confirm the wisdom of the President’s decision, which was plainly in the best interests in our nation,” Giuliani said in a statement Friday.

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