In an interview with Rudy Giuliani and a series of tweets Thursday morning, Donald Trump’s team reversed itself on some key questions of how it handled a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former New York City mayor and new member of the President’s legal team admitted that Trump repaid personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money given to Daniels. Trump then essentially confirmed that account in a series of tweets.
This came after weeks of denials to the contrary, including one from Trump himself. Trump continues to deny that he had an affair with Daniels.
Here’s a timeline of the official line on the payments.
Feb. 13: Cohen says he paid the $130,000 and was not reimbursed
In response to a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the payment violated campaign finance law, Cohen sent a statement to reporters claiming that he paid out his own pocket and was not reimbursed.
Feb. 14: Cohen again says he was not reimbursed
In an interview with Vanity Fair published on Feb. 14, Cohen said that he paid the $130,000 from his own pocket and was not reimbursed by either the Trump campaign or the Trump organization.
March 7: White House says Trump did not know about the payment
Speaking at the daily press briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump did not know about any payments to Stormy Daniels, citing a conversation she’d had with him.
April 5: Trump says he did not know about the payment
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said curtly that he did not know about the payment, referring questions to Cohen.
April 26: Trump says no campaign funds went to Cohen
In a phone interview with “Fox and Friends,” Trump says that no campaign funds went to Cohen for the payment. It was the first time Trump publicly used Daniels’ name.
May 2: Giuliani says Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani said that Trump personally reimbursed Cohen for the money in installments as a monthly retainer.
May 2: Giuliani says Cohen was reimbursed for as much as $470,000
In a series of tweets, Trump confirmed that he kept Cohen on a monthly retainer which reimbursed him for the non-disclosure agreement, but argued that no campaign money was used.
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.
May 4: Giuliani says he was wrong about when Trump knew about the payments
In a statement issued to reporters, Giuliani said that the payments were made to resolve a “personal and false allegation” and that his “references to timing” were about his understanding and not Trump’s.