CNN host Alisyn Camerota couldn’t help but laugh at the latest strategy of having President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen take the fall for the Stormy Daniels pay-off.
“In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford. Neither the Trump administration nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said in a statement Tuesday, more than two weeks after the news broke about the payoff.
It’s unclear if Camerota chuckled because it took the White House more than two weeks to come up with the explanation or if the explanation wasn’t sufficient, but she cracked up.
“Talk about devotion!” she said. “Either Michael Cohen was having the affair or on he is really taking one for the team here.”
Political commentator David Gregory joined Camerota in questioning the legitimacy of the claim.
“Just to state the obvious, I’m left a little skeptical to believe that he was really on the hook for this,” he said. “This is embarrassing in and of itself. It would be worse if this were money diverted out of a campaign to do it. But really there was no kind of compensation or reimbursement that he received in some fashion to do this. It seems to me there is more to this.”
Fellow host Chris Cuomo noted it’s a tough lift. “He can’t prove the nonexistence of a fact, that he wasn’t reimbursed.”
Watch the exchange below: