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Giuliani’s Remarks May Hurt Bid to Keep Trump’s Secrets in Cohen Case

  • Campaign funds weren’t used, he said, raising other questions
  • ‘I don’t know what Giuliani was doing, but it doesn’t help’
Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

By admitting that President Donald Trump reimbursed a hush payment to a porn actress, Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani have spawned a fresh crop of questions about possible campaign-finance violations.

The latest comments -- which contradicted Trump’s earlier ones -- were an attempt to put to rest the question of whether campaign funds had been used for the payoff. Instead, the newest narrative sent lawyers and journalists back to review the complicated finance and ethics disclosures required of individuals.