The White House is struggling to contain the fallout from a widening scandal involving a pre-election payment Donald Trump’s personal lawyer made to an adult movie actress in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual encounter with the president.
Washington plunged into chaos after Trump’s new attorney, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, disclosed that the president reimbursed his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
The revelation contradicted the president’s previous claim that he had no knowledge of the payment, raising questions about his commitment to the truth.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she first learned of the reimbursement at the same time the public did– through Giuliani’s interview with Fox News.
“The first awareness I had was during the interview last night,” she said at her daily press briefing.
Asked about the payment to Daniels,…