Rudy Giuliani made MAJOR news last night in an interview with Sean Hannity, revealing for the first time that Donald Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush money payment regarding porn star Stormy Daniels:

Here’s the video and it does seem to have taken Hannity by surprise:

Transcript via the New York Times:

HANNITY: Why isn’t that happening? Where’s Mueller on that, sir?

GIULIANI: Having something to do with paying some Stormy Daniels woman $130,000? Which, I mean, is going to turn out to be perfectly legal. That money was not campaign money. Sorry, I’m giving you a fact now that you don’t know. It’s not campaign money. No campaign finance violation.

HANNITY: They funneled it through a law firm.

GIULIANI: They funneled through a law firm, and the president repaid it.

HANNITY: Oh. I didn’t know that. He did.


HANNITY: There’s no campaign finance law.

GIULIANI: Zero. Just like every — Sean, Sean —

HANNITY: So this decision was made by —

GIULIANI: Everybody was nervous about this from the very beginning. I wasn’t. I knew how much money Donald Trump put into that campaign, and I said, “$130,000? He could do a couple of checks for $130,000.”

When I heard of Cohen’s retainer for $130,000, he was doing no work for the president. I said, “Well, that’s how he’s repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes for Michael.

HANNITY: But you know the president didn’t know about this?

GIULIANI: Ah, he 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. Like, I take care of this with my clients. I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.

Hannity later cleared things up a little with Fox News’ John Roberts:

But this contradicts with what the president had said previously:

Giuliani then told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa that the president cleared this revelation beforehand:

More from Costa’s interview, where Giuliani leaves open the possibility that Trump didn’t know he was paying for Daniels:

Costa: When did the president, though, recognize that these payments to Michael were going to Stormy Daniels?

Giuliani: Don’t know that. Probably now, when I told him.

Costa: But the president said on April 5 that he didn’t know about the payment.

Giuliani: Absolutely true.

Costa: Does that mean he didn’t know about the payment when it was made to Daniels, or that he didn’t know about it on April 5?

Giuliani: Both. I think. I never asked him that. So you probably should be careful. I don’t know the answer to that, except to say that when I talk to him, it seems to me that he was getting the full picture for the first time.

Costa: Just this spring?

Giuliani: Yeah. About two weeks ago.

Costa: How many payments did it take for the president to settle up with Cohen?

Giuliani: Do the arithmetic, right? $35,000 a month, probably starting in January or February. By the time you get to $250,000, it’s all paid off. Remember, he also paid for the taxes. Then there probably were other things of a personal nature that Michael took care of, for which the president would have always trusted him as his lawyer, as my clients do with me. And that was paid back out of the rest of the money. And Michael earned a fee out of it.

And in an interview with Maggie Haberman, Giuliani says he has proof the money came from personal funds:

The White House isn’t commenting, however:

Even Trump allies like Laura Ingraham were dumbfounded by Giuliani’s revelation:

And libs were absolutely giddy over it:

As was Stormy Daniels’ attorney:

Rudy Giuliani is the No. 1 trending topic this morning, so it looks like we’re in for a long day of Rudy news.