When asked why he made the payment, Cohen told CNN: "Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage. I will always protect Mr. Trump."
The clip below demonstrates the press reaction to this explanation:
Needless to say, his claim that he was not reimbursed, although preposterous, is impossible to refute because plush-carpet law firms bill by the hour. All he needed to get paid back was to tack a few additional hours on to his bill. (wink wink) No auditor can tell how many hours he actually worked on an individual account.