US President Donald Trump was eventually undone by Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and veteran lawyer who recently joined the president's legal team to settle the allegations of him having collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election fast.
On Thursday, May 3, Trump admitted in a tweet that he repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen for paying $130,000 to adult actress Stormy Daniels who allegedly had a sexual relationship with the president more than a decade ago. According to Daniels, the money was paid to shut her mouth ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump had been rubbishing the claims which he said "false and extortionist" and also said last month that he did not have any knowledge about Cohen paying the money to Daniels.
...despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
Trump, however, said in a series of a tweet that the hush money paid to Daniels had no links with his election campaign and said it was a "private agreement". He also defended himself saying non-disclosure agreements were very common among celebrities and rich people.
...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,......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
Trump's U-turn on the issue came after Giuliani, 73, said in an interview to Fox News on Wednesday, May 2, that Trump had indeed reimbursed Cohen for the payment over a long period.
He said that the money had been funnelled through the law firm and Trump repaid it and also said that it had not violated any law. Giuliani said the same in another interview to the Wall Street Journal.
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.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
In April, a raid was also conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Cohen's residence, hotel and office room in which information related to the payment was reportedly taken away. Trump expressed his annoyance over the episode then.