After raising eyebrows with comments Wednesday on “Hannity,” Rudy Giuliani is clarifying those comments today. Giuliani, who recently joined Donald Trump’s legal team, surprised many viewers of the Fox News show when he said Trump had reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 that was paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
Giuliani also discussed the firing of FBI Director James Comey during the “Hannity” appearance, saying Trump had fired Comey because Comey would not publicly clear Trump in the Russia investigation.
Deadline quotes Giuliani saying today:
“First, 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.
“Second, my reference to timing were not describing my understanding of the president’s knowledge, but instead my understanding of these matters.”
“Third it is undisputed that the president’s dismissal of the former [FBI] director Comey, an inferior executive officer, was clearly within his Article 2 power. Recent revelations about former director Comey further confirm the wisdom of the president’s decision, which was plainly in the best interest of our nation.”