Giuliani: Stormy Daniels and Attorney Are 'Stick-Up Artists' Who Targeted Trump
Rudy Giuliani said adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti are basically "stick-up artists."
Giuliani on Wednesday said that President Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 that Cohen paid to Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
"That money was not campaign money," Giuliani, a recent addition to Trump's legal team, told Sean Hannity. "It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation."
Giuliani later clarified for Fox News that the money Trump paid to Cohen was for unspecified "expenses," and that the president was unaware that money would be going to Daniels.
Rudy Giuliani told me that while @realDonaldTrump reimbursed Cohen for the $130k SD payment, POTUS didn’t know what the money was used for. Giuliani says Cohen merely told the President he had “expenses” for which POTUS reimbursed him.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 3, 2018
On "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Giuliani said Daniels "targeted" Trump because he's a wealthy man.
"She was a professional that would hit on rich guys -- older ones -- and then shake them down for a couple million bucks," Giuliani said.
He explained that Cohen made the alleged affair "go away" with the $130,000 because it was easier to make a "cheap" payment rather than fight the allegation in the days leading up to the 2016 election.
Giuliani said that means it has nothing to do with the Trump campaign and was a personal matter. He argued that Avenatti is an "ambulance chaser" who's simply trying to get more money for himself and his client.
"They're stick-up artists. I don't believe he was the attorney back then. So he's trying to ... make money," Giuliani said. "They figure they should have gotten a lot more than $130,000, it should be in the seven figures. Is he going to give up his one-third of it? I doubt it."
Watch more of the interview below.