Giuliani insists that Stormy Daniels has no credibility because she's a porn star

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani doubled down Thursday on his assertion that adult film actress Stormy Daniels has no credibility because of her profession.

“If you’re involved in a sort of slimy business, [that] says something about you,” Giuliani told CNN. “Says something about how far you’ll go to make money.”

The former New York City mayor said that if you’re a feminist and you support the porn industry, “you should turn in your credentials.”

“Our real point about her is that she’s not just generally un-credible, she’s un-credible from the point of view of wanting to get money,” Giuliani said. “She’s a con artist.”

During a panel discussion in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, Giuliani was asked for his thoughts about Daniels, who received a $130,000 “hush money” payment from Trump’s longtime personal attorney in October 2016 in exchange for her silence about the sexual relationship she said she had with Trump in 2006. The president has denied the affair.

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She says: In Touch never paid her for her story

Daniels says she was never paid the $15,000 she was originally offered by In Touch for the story of her alleged affair with Trump.

She says: Her sexual encounter with Trump was consensual

Daniels had said during the "60 Minutes" interview that she didn't want to have sex with Trump – but when asked by Anderson Cooper if the encounter with Trump was consensual, the adult film star responded affirmatively, saying, "yes, yes."

She says: Trump's lawyer threatened her and her daughter

As she detailed the aftermath of the alleged affair, Stormy Daniels -- whose real name is Stephanie Clifford -- described a moment in a Las Vegas parking lot when a man threatened her:

"And a guy walked up on me and said to me, 'Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.' And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, 'That's a beautiful little girl. It'd be a shame if something happened to her mom.' And then he was gone."

She says: Trump compared her to Ivanka

"He was like, 'Wow, you — you are special. You remind me of my daughter,'" Daniels told "60 Minutes." "You know — he was like, 'You're smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.'"

She says: Trump "brushed aside" his relationship with Melania

When asked by Anderson Cooper about Trump's marriage to Melania Trump, Daniels said Trump "brushed aside" any concern surrounding his marital vows. She said he spoke of his marriage to Daniels, saying:

"Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that. We don’t even—we have separate rooms and stuff."

She says: She spanked Trump with a magazine with Trump on the cover

Stormy Daniels confirmed in her "60 Minutes" interview the earlier report that she had spanked Trump with a magazine featuring himself on the cover.

She says: She was paid $130,000 in hush money

Michael Cohen has confirmed that he paid Stephanie Clifford $130,000 11 days before the 2016 election. A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission has since said this payment may have been illegal.

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Giuliani said he believes Trump, Daniels’ appearance as evidence.

“When you look at Stormy Daniels — I know Donald Trump. Look at his three wives — beautiful women, classy women, women of great substance,” Giuliani said. “Stormy Daniels?”

Giuliani continued: “Trump is a real gentleman who respects his wife and loves his daughter and has a warm relationship with his ex-wives — that’s not something I can say about everybody. I haven’t heard a bad word about him from his ex-wives.”

 

“I respect all human beings. I even have to respect, you know, criminals,” he added. “But, I’m sorry, I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation.”

Daniels is suing the president and Cohen for defamation.

“So Stormy, you want to bring a case, let me cross examine you,” Giuliani said in Israel. “Because the business you’re in entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight. And secondly, explain to me how she could be damaged. I mean, she has no reputation. If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation. Maybe old-fashioned, I don’t know.”

Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti responded in a statement: “Mr. Giuliani is a misogynist. His most recent comments regarding my client, who passed a lie detector test and who the American people believe, are disgusting and a disgrace. His client Mr. Trump didn’t seem to have any ‘moral’ issues with her and others back in 2006 and beyond.”

Avenatti added Thursday: “If any [attorney] for any Fortune 500 co. made the public comments that Giuliani did yesterday (which he affirmed this morning), they would be immediately fired. Giuliani must be fired by Mr. Trump NOW. Otherwise, it sends a message to the world that the comments are acceptable.”

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