CNN host Alisyn Camerota and the New York Occasions’ Maggie Haberman sparred this week over whether or not President Trump had knowingly minimize checks to his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen as reimbursement for a $130,000 hush fee Cohen had made to ex-porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.
The talk was sparked in response to Haberman’s newest Occasions piece, which reported on 11 events by which “Trump or his belief” had minimize a verify — together with one to Cohen value $35,000 — since taking workplace.
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Showing on CNN’s “New Day” on Wednesday, Haberman steered that Trump might have “thought he was getting a authorized charge to repay Michael Cohen,” and that the checks weren’t essentially reimbursement for the $130,000 that Cohen stated he had paid Daniels to maintain quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
“That’s absurd, Maggie,” Camerota shortly interjected.
To which Haberman fired again: “It’s not absurd, I don’t agree.”
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“$35,000 and to not know?” Camerota requested, referring to the quantity of one of many checks that Haberman’s article talked about. “This can be a man who didn’t even pay his distributors once they accomplished work for him. That is any person who doesn’t half with $35,000.”
Haberman then argued that it might have been doable that Trump might need been “reimbursing Michael Cohen for different issues that he might not need individuals to learn about.”
“I don’t assume we must always all presume that simply because we see one thing that it’s giving us full visibility in all the pieces,” Haberman stated.
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She added: “I feel that (Trump) was getting a bunch of payments, and he was signing them. And whether or not he knew that he was reimbursing Michael Cohen for this, solely two, and perhaps a handful of different individuals on the Trump group would know. However the two individuals are Michael Cohen and Donald Trump.”