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President and Giuliani devised surprise TV disclosure about porn actress’s payment

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump hatched with Rudy Giuliani the high-risk plan to disclose on live television that he had reimbursed his longtime attorney for buying a porn actress’s silence, leaving senior aides in the White House and the rest of his legal team stunned.

Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and recent addition to the president’s legal team for the Russia investigation, said Wednesday on Fox News that the president had reimbursed his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the October 2016 payment of $130,000...