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The White House press shop finally realized Thursday it has a problem on its hands with the $130,000 Stormy Daniels payment. After claiming in March the Daniels case had been “won” in arbitration and there was “no knowledge” of any payments, Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent most of Thursday referring Daniels-Cohen questions to “outside counsel” because of “ongoing litigation.” Sanders claimed several times she had given reporters only the “best information” she had at the time about the $130,000 hush-money payment Michael Cohen made to Daniels and the fact that Donald Trump had reimbursed him for it through a series of payments.

“I gave you the best information that I had,” Sanders said. (It just turned out to be a lie.)

“When did you specifically know that the president repaid Mr. Cohen for the $130,000you personally?” a reporter asked.

“The first awareness I had was during the interview last night,” Sanders said of Giuliani’s Fox & Friends free for all.

So about all that lying: Reporters were curious why anyone should believe her or, for that matter, Trump, who totally lied aboard Air Force One in early April when he said he knew nothing about the payment.

“When the president, or the White House, shows what appears to be a blatant disregard for the truth, how are the American people to trust or believe what is said here or what is said by the president?” asked Jon Karl.

Sanders again said: “We give the very best information that we have at the time.”

Apparently the “best information” is lot like Trump’s “best people,” many of whom have turned out to be corrupt, power-hungry, incompetent thieves.

Of course, the president didn’t give the best information on Air Force One. He lied. And when Sanders was asked directly about the lie Trump peddled on Air Force One that he didn’t know about payments, Sanders appeared to lie again.

“This was information that the president didn’t know at the time, but eventually learned.”

That suggests Trump didn’t know about the payments in early April, yet Guiliani said monthly reimbursements of $35,000 were set up to Cohen “some time after the campaign was over” and he has now received “$460,000 or $470,000 from Mr. Trump through those payments.”

Sure doesn’t sound like those payments began just last month.

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