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WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Admitted Porn Star Payoff Was Related to Election

One of Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s many new defenses of Trump is that the scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal had nothing to do with the campaign. But there’s at least one person complicating that assertion. And his name is Rudy Giuliani.

On this past Sunday’s edition of This Week, host George Stephanopoulos confronted Giuliani about the mounting evidence that the hush-money payments were made or the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Giuliani insisted that he could “produce 20 witnesses” who would say that Trump “was very concerned about how this was going to affect his children, his marriage.”

Unfortunately, the universe can produce one extremely influential witness who said the payoff was about the election, and that it was then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen‘s “job” to make it “go away.”

On the May 3, 2018 edition of Fox & Friends, Giuliani gave a lengthy interview in which he did claim that Trump was concerned about harm to his reputation and family if word of his alleged affairs got out.

But later in the interview, Giuliani said, of the Stormy Daniels revelations, “Imagine if that came out on October 15th, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton.”

Perhaps even more troublesome was the fact that Giuliani added that “Cohen made it go away, he did his job.”

At that point, Giuliani and Trump were still claiming that Trump didn’t know about the payments at the time, and Cohen acted on his own. But since then, Cohen has released a tape recording of Trump discussing one of the payments, and their new story is that the payments were made on “advice of counsel.”

So in addition to Cohen’s testimony that Trump directed him to arrange the payments in order to influence the election, and National Enquirer parent company AMI’s corroboration that Trump was in on the scheme, prosecutors also have Rudy Giuliani saying that the point of the payments was to protect Trump’s presidential campaign.

And Giuliani’s assertion that it was Cohen’s “job” to make the issue “go away,” while not made under oath, could complicate things for Giuliani if Trump ever does testify under oath. As Trump’s attorney, Giuliani is vulnerable to legal liability if he knowingly allows Trump to lie under oath.

Watch the clips above, via ABC and Fox News.

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