Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York City former mayor Rudy Giuliani waves an American flag while sitting on the Jets bench before a game between the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium.

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Giuliani Says Daniels Payment Was Made To ‘Protect The President’s Family’

May 04, 2018 - 2:40 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- Rudy Giuliani, the newest member of President Donald Trump's legal team, is attempting to clarify some of his remarks about payments to porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her allegations she had a tryst with Donald Trump.

The former New York City mayor released a statement Friday in which he again stressed his belief that the $130,000 payment made by Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen in 2016 to Daniels was not a campaign violation.

"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," he said.

That is a judgment some legal experts have disputed.

"It is undisputed that the president's dismissal of former Director Comey - an inferior executive officer - was clearly within his Article II power.  Recent revelations about former director Comey further confirm the wisdom of the president's decision, which was plainly in the best interests of our nation," he added.

Earlier this week, Giuliani said Daniels' allegations could have affected the campaign, saying: "Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton."

In his Friday statement Giuliani said that his "references to timing" were to his own "understanding of these matters." He did not elaborate.