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So Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, is currently in a legal battle with a porn star who alleges Trump had an affair with her in 2006 (and can describe it in great detail), then had her intimidated into signing a non-disclosure agreement which may be void because he didn’t sign his portion of it. Oh and she’s also suing him for defamation of character now, for a tweet he sent out calling her story a “con job.” And no, none of this has to do with Russia or what may or may not have happened there involving prostitutes.

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described “fixer,” Michael Cohen said when the allegations first came out last year, that, in 2016,  he paid Stormy Daniels (real name, Stephanie Clifford) $130,000 out of his own pocket to sign an NDA. He, Donald Trump, and Trump’s entire team said that the president had no idea that the payment had been made on his behalf and that not a cent of his own money had been spent on forcing porn stars to sign NDAs. In fact, here’s some footage of that.

It was a classic he said, she said (where the “she” is a porn star, yet infinitely more credible than the “he” who is the president). The main legal concern here was not whether the affair happened, it was if Cohen’s $130,000 payment to keep Daniels quiet constituted a campaign donation that would be a violation of campaign finance law. If the Trump admin could spin it that this was a payment made by a lawyer who was just trying to fix a problem before it became one, without alerting anyone in the campaign, they would have a better shot at defending themselves against a campaign finance violation.

So that’s the official story. At least, it was until Trump’s brand new lawyer hit Fox News and blew the whole thing up.

Rudy Giuliani is the former mayor of New York City and is nothing if not boisterous and media hungry. This man loooves the spotlight, so you better believe one of the first things he did after being hired on as the newest addition to Trump’s revolving door of a legal team, was hit the cable news circuit, starting with #1 TRUMP FAN (and one of Cohen’s two other clients), Sean Hannity.

In his appearance on Hannity! Wednesday night, Giuliani didn’t just get some facts wrong, he told a totally new story that is the complete opposite of what the whole Trump team has been saying since day one.

Giuliani announced on the show that Trump had actually reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 he paid to Stormy Daniels. And he totally knew about it.

“That money was not campaign money,” he began (so far, so good), “Sorry, I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money, no campaign finance violation.”

“They funneled it through a law firm?” Hannity asked.

“They funneled it through a law firm and then the president repaid it,” Giuliani responded. Shocking Hannity, the nation and the world at large. Hannity’s surprised “Oh, I didn’t know that” pretty much sums up how we all feel.

Hannity, being the Trump fan that he is, then gave Giuliani an opportunity to get the President off the hook for lying by saying that he didn’t know about the payment or that he paid Cohen back. Giuliani did not bite.

“[The President] didn’t know about the specifics of it as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this. I take care of things like this for my clients,” Giuliani added.

So what we’ve established is that according to Giuliani, Trump paid back the hush money AND he knew about it. So somebody is lying.

Thursday morning, Trump, in a series of tweets (likely written by someone other than himself), tried to meld the two stories together as well as possible. He said that Cohen was paid back through a monthly retainer that had “nothing to do with the campaign.”

Everyone in the White House — including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and adviser Kellyanne Conway — took the stance that this is the first they were hearing of Trump reimbursing Cohen for the $130,000. When asked about lying to the American people, Sanders’ standard response was that she gave the best information she had at the time.

And Trump’s response, well, he’s giving the new guy a chance to get his bearings.

“Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago,” the president said to reporters, “But he really has his heart into it, he’s working hard, he’s learning the subject matter . . . he’s a great guy. He knows it’s a witch hunt. That’s what he knows, he’s seen a lot of them and he said he’s never seen anything so horrible.” He then went back to talking about Hillary’s emails — two years after they stopped being relevant.

“He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy.” Okay, Mr. President.