Laura Ingraham Admits Giuliani's Bombshell Stormy Daniels Admission Is 'a Problem' for Trump

Fox News host Laura Ingraham briefly dropped appearances of partisanship on Wednesday evening after Rudy Giuliani casually remarked that President Donald Trump reimbursed embattled lawyer Michael Cohen for paying off an adult film star.

Ingraham noted the contradiction on her show and played a clip from April 6, during which Trump said he had no knowledge of Cohen's payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

"You have the president on tape on Air Force One saying he did not know about the payment and you'll have to ask Michael Cohen about that," Ingraham said. "Rudy just goes on with Hannity and says, 'Oh no, he reimbursed them.'"

Ingraham continued, "I love Rudy, but they better have an explanation for that. That's a problem."

Even guests on Ingraham's show struggled to make sense of Giuliani's admission. "They may not have thought this whole thing through," said Washington Examiner columnist Byron York.

"Rudy just gave us a completely different version of this," he said. Giuliani may have made the remark to squash allegations that Trump pulled the cash out of campaign funds, he opined.

Giuliani's casual admission on Sean Hannity's show sent shockwaves through cable news on Wednesday evening. On CNN, Don Lemon said it appeared that Hannity, a devout Trump supporter, tried to push the former mayor to a different topic.

"Oh, I didn't know he [paid Cohen back]," Hannity had initially responded.

On Thursday morning, Trump offered a defense of Giuliani's admission, seemingly suggesting that the money came from a monthly retainer and a nondisclosure agreement that is "very common among celebrities and people of wealth."

"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," the president tweeted.

In a follow-up, he reiterated his statement that no money was pulled through campaign contributions.

It's unclear how Giuliani's admission will play out in court, where both Cohen and Trump are facing defamation claims from Daniels. The adult film star alleges that she had an affair with Trump sometime in the mid-aughts, and said she was threatened to stay quiet about it.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, celebrated the admission after becoming momentarily "speechless." He urged Giuliani to keep appearing on Fox's spate of conservative shows.

"Whatever happens @foxandfriends, please do not stop helping our case week in and week out by having Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani appear and make damaging stmts," he wrote. "You are truly THE BEST; where can we send the gift basket? #basta."

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham arrives for a meeting with Donald Trump, then president-elect, at Trump Tower, in New York, on December 6, 2016. She was one of many cable news pundits surprised and confused by Rudy Giuliani’s recent admission that Trump repaid his attorney Michael Cohen’s Stormy Daniels expenses. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images