Giuliani dismisses his own statements as 'rumour' he defends Trump

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The former New York City mayor is embracing his client's preferred approach to challenges as he mounts Trump's defense through the media.

Giuliani said then that he first made Trump aware of the payment shortly after joining the case but now says he doesn't know when Trump found out about it. Giuliani told BuzzFeed last week that Cohen had complained after the election about not being paid by Trump for his work in silencing Daniels and that Cohen and Trump then met to work out a $35,000 monthly retainer. Giuliani said, regarding Trump pleading the Fifth, when Stephanopoulos asked how Trump would handle being called to testify. You are damn right he could be lying, George.

"Well, we don't have to", Giuliani said simply.

"Why wouldn't you say, "Go in, talk to Robert Mueller, tell the truth"?"

Giuliani pointed out that Trump has previously said he wants to testify, and that while he ultimately may end up doing so, as his lawyer, Giuliani said he has a responsibility to tell the president he would be taking a great chance. "I'm going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart?"

If Trump meant to reimburse Cohen for such payments, they should have been reported by the president on a 2017 financial disclosure form that required him to state his financial liabilities, Eisen said. I hope we get a chance to tell him the risk that he's taking.

'I would love to speak, but I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly, ' Trump said at the White House.

Rudy Giuliani's statements are proving hard for the Trump administration.

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When asked during an interview on ABC News's "This Week" whether Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, had made payments to other women, Giuliani said he did not know of any but acknowledged that this could have happened.

Mr Giuliani said last week that the president had reimbursed Mr Cohen for that payment and other unspecified items.

The attorney representing Daniels in the lawsuit against Cohen over the legality of the hush agreement and a separate defamation lawsuit against Trump argued otherwise.

Stormy was joined by Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson and Jimmy Fallon in the parody of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's infamous phone calls.

"Michael's lawyers all know that that obviously is not on the table", Giuliani said.

He revealed last week that Trump had reimbursed Cohen, a startling announcement that stood in direct contrast to the president's own public claims weeks earlier.

"I can't prove that". The payment has prompted complaints to the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission over potential violations of campaign finance law. "It may have involved the campaign, doesn't matter, and it would've been done under any other circumstances, if there was no campaign".