Judge Nap: Giuliani's Claim That Trump Didn't Know About Stormy Daniels Payment Is 'Unworthy of Belief'
Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said that President Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 that Cohen paid to adult film actress Stormy 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," Napolitano said that Giuliani's claim that Trump gave Cohen $130,000 and didn't know where it was going is "unworthy of belief."
He said it's up to the American public to decide if they believe Trump is the kind of person who would "pour money down a hole" without asking to whom the money was going and for what purpose.
"How would Michael Cohen know that Stormy Daniels needed to be silenced?" he added.
Napolitano said the good news is that if the money came from Trump's personal funds, then Giuliani is correct that there was no campaign finance violation.
"But it does create a problem because the president has said that he knows nothing about this. This is a problem between the president, his personal morality, his wife and his base on one side, and the president and the law on the other side," Napolitano explained.