Sanders Corrects CNN Reporter: 'You Actually Don't Know Much About Me'


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders upbraided a CNN correspondent who suggested the Trump official was “blindsided” by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s remarks about payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016 as part of a non-disclosure agreement concerning an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.

In February, Cohen released a statement saying he used “personal funds” for the payment and that neither the Trump campaign, nor the Trump Organization had reimbursed him. Cohen did not address whether Trump himself had.

Last month, special counsel Robert Mueller referred Cohen for criminal investigation. An area of potential criminal liability would be the Clifford payment, which arguably was to benefit Trump’s campaign (as it occurred weeks before the Nov. 2016 election), and if determined to be a contribution far exceeded legal limit. There is no limit to what candidates themselves can contribute to their own campaigns.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday night, Giuliani — who recently joined the president’s private legal team — stated that Trump made the payment to Clifford himself through Cohen. Giuliani added that Trump did not know the details of the payment until within the last two weeks, but had Cohen on a retainer fee of $35,000 a month to handle personal legal matters.

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CNN political analyst April Ryan asked Sanders on Thursday if Giuliani “did harm to the president” by what he said.

“I don’t believe so,” answered Sanders.

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“Why didn’t he talk to the White House press office about his impacting, stellar statements about what was happening?” Ryan followed up.

Sanders explained that Trump’s outside legal counsel and the White House press office do not coordinate by the very nature of the work each does.

“You said yourself you were blindsided,” insisted the CNN personality.

“I actually didn’t use that term,” Sanders retorted.

“Well, I said it, but you were blindsided,” Ryan said.

Then Sanders ended the interchange: “With all due respect, you actually don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don’t.”

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Trump tweeted about the matter on Thursday confirming that he had Cohen on retainer as his personal attorney.

He tweeted that non-disclosure agreements, like the one Cohen entered into with Clifford on Trump’s behalf, are “very common among celebrities and people of wealth” and said the purpose was “to stop the false and extortionist accusations by her about an affair.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Graduated dean's list from West Point
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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