White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she first learned President Donald Trump had reimbursed his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen for a 2016 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels when Rudy Giuliani revealed the information in an interview on Wednesday night.
"The first awareness I had was during the interview last night," Sanders said at a press briefing at the White House.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is now a member of Trump's legal team, told Sean Hannity of Fox News that the president incrementally repaid Cohen. Trump told reporters last month that he did not know Cohen had paid Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
“I’m giving you a fact that you don’t know,” Giuliani said on Fox News Wednesday. “It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation. They funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it.”