Trump Tweets: Agreement With Daniels 'Used to Stop the False and Extortionist Accusations Made by Her About an Affair'

By Susan Jones | May 3, 2018 | 7:46 AM EDT

Porn star Stormy Daniels is seen here in an interview with "60 Minutes" in March. (Screen capture/CBS)

( - Following Rudy Giuliani's eye-popping interview with Sean Hannity Wednesday night, President Trump on Thursday morning offered his view of the never-ending Stormy Daniels controversy in three tweets:

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. These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair, despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.

Giuliani told Hannity Wednesday night that although President Trump didn't know "the specifics" about the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels by Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, Trump "did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this."

Giuliani also said the $130,000 paid to Daniels was not campaign money; he said the arrangement was legal; and he said Trump did repay Cohen by keeping him on the payroll at a time when he was doing no work for the president.

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti had this reaction on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday:

"Mr. President, you and your advisers and your lawyers need to bring it. Bring it! Because you continue to lie to the American people, and we are not going to tolerate it...This is an absolute disgrace what has gone on here over the last few months, and by the way, if anybody thinks that Donald Trump wrote those tweets, then they haven't been paying attention over the past couple of years."

Avenatti said you can tell a lawyer wrote those three tweets because of the number of commas in the first run-on sentence.

Avenatti said this is not about politics or sex: "I've been saying this all along. This is about a coverup, it's about lies told to the American people, it's about people trying to pull the wool over people's eyes...citizens of this country -- they deserve to know the truth."

Avenatti said if Giuliani is right -- if law firm invoices for make-believe work or work that was never performed were submitted for reimbursement by the president and that's how Cohen was repaid for the $130,000 -- "that's a crime; there's serious consequences associated with that. There may be money laundering; there may be bank fraud; there may be campaign finance violations. I mean, this is a serious, serious problem."

The lawyer also said he doesn't believe Giuliani was just "going off on his own" in the interview with Sean Hannity:

"This was calculated; this is what's called hanging a lantern on it, when you have a political get out in front of it, or you attempt to disclose it. I think they knew that eventually either we were going to get the deposition and we were going to find this out and disclose it and it was going to be a bombshell -- or they know that part of the information that the FBI seized in connection with the three raids would include this information, and it was going to come out -- it was going to come out in the coming weeks and they made an attempt to get out in front of it."

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