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Stormy Daniels Payment Was to ‘Save’ Trump and Melania’s ‘Reputation,’ Rudy Giuliani Claims

Rudy Giuliani claimed Thursday that a payment President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen made to Stormy Daniels was not a campaign contribution but was to “save” the "reputation" of Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s marriage.

The statement came less than 12 hours after Giuliani revealed for the first time that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment made to adult film star Daniels, whose legal name Stephanie Clifford, for her silence about an alleged affair just days before the election. Trump had previously denied having any knowledge of the payment.

Giuliani’s statement has prompted further questions about whether the payment constituted a campaign contribution and thus violated Federal Election Commission rules. But Giuliani claimed on Fox & Friends that the money was paid to protect further damage to the reputation of the Trumps’ marriage, which had already been struck by multiple allegations during the campaign that the president sexually harassed or assaulted more than a dozen women.

“If we had to defend this as not being a campaign contribution, I think we could do that,” Giuliani said. "This was for personal reasons. This was the president had been hurt, personally, not politically, personally so much. and the first lady, by some of the false allegations, that one more false allegation, six years old. i think he was trying to help the family. For that, the man is being treated like some kind of villain. He was just being a good lawyer. And a good man."

He continued: “It wasn't for the campaign it was to save their marr—not their marriage as much as their reputation.”

On Thursday, the former White House ethics chief under President Barack Obama, Norm Eisen, tweeted that Giuliani's revelation may have "proven" that Trump broke the law by not disclosing the payment.