MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle mocks Trump’s porn star payout defense: ‘$130,000 for no reason? Call me, I’ll take it’
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle was incredulous on Tuesday that the revelation that President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer formed a shell corporation in Delaware to pay $130,000 to an adult film star, for supposedly doing “nothing,” seemed to be just another White House scandal that is disappearing from the news cycle.
“I laugh because I cannot believe that this is not the top top story,” Ruhle began. “This is amazing. A news story about President Donald Trump and a porn star. That’s right, Stormy Daniels, a porn star.”
“The Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch, said one of Trump’s lawyers paid Daniels before the election,” she continued. “The payment is said to have violated campaign laws. A group, Common Cause, argues the payments amount to a campaign expense since the purpose was to cover-up a potentially damaging story. By not disclosing the defense, the group argues the campaign broke the law.”
“We should note, it is unclear whether or not the alleged payment was made with campaign funds,” she detailed. “Daniels alleges that she and Trump had a romantic relationship in the early 2000’s. However [Trump attorney] Michael Cohen dismissed the claims saying, quote, ‘The Common Cause complaint is baseless, along with the allegation that President Trump filed a false report to the Federal Election Commission.”
Joined by NBC News legal analyst Danny Cevallos, the MSNBC host joked, “First, have you ever paid $130,000 to somebody for no reason?”
“Uh, were not talking about me today, so technically no,” the analyst deadpanned back.
Host Ruhle then looked at the camera and made her own proposal.
“Anyone out there in the world, anyone wants to pay anybody $130,000 for no reason, call me,” she smirked. “I’m here to take it.”
Ruhle later added, “Call me a prude, but the naive woman that I am somehow believed people might not feel good about someone running for president who had an affair with a porn star with a new baby at home and that might affect how they thought of that person in terms of being a world leader.”
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