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

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But it's proving to be a bewildering display.

Rudy Giuliani doubled down Saturday night on his argument that President Donald Trump didn't violate campaign finance law when his personal lawyer made a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

"We don't have to" comply, Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week" programme.

Giuliani was referencing the lifestyle maven convicted in 2004 of lying to investigators and obstruction in an insider-trading case. As several defense attorneys told my colleague Abigail Tracy earlier this week, Trump's best option would be to plead the Fifth Amendment.

"How could I ever be confident of that?" Investigators haven't looked through them yet because of a dispute over attorney-client privilege. Conway, during an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation", also pushed back against Giuliani's characterization of the payment as a campaign expenditure.

A subpoena fight would likely find its way to the Supreme Court, which has never firmly decided whether presidents can be compelled to speak under oath.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway dodged questions about President Donald Trump's issues with credibility in a tense exchange on CNN's "State of the Union". The adult film actress, who is now suing Trump and Cohen over an NDA regarding an alleged affair with the then-real estate mogul as well as defamation, has been a central figure in numerous latest national headlines, as her allegations against the POTUS and Cohen have ripple effects in the justice system.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's statement that the president might assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election has prompted Trump's opponents to brand the president guilty.

Mr. Giuliani's television interview on Sunday was his first extended appearance since being criticized by Mr. Trump for not having his "facts straight" about payments made to a pornographic actress, Stephanie Clifford.

In a skit that got playfully raunchy at times, Trump asked Daniels what it would take to make the whole thing go away.

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"Back in March, Sanders denied Trump knew about the payment and said it was based upon her own conversation with Trump". One focus of the raid was to seek records on the deal with Daniels and, according to a source familiar with the matter, on another agreement set up between McDougal and a company that reportedly paid her amid the 2016 presidential campaign cycle to keep her account from publication. And then - so then you said Cohen met with Trump and told him and Giuliani said that we'll cover your expenses, they work out this $35,000 a month retainer after that.

Daniels also mocked the allegation that her lawsuits against Trump are all an act. Conway emphasized that Trump wasn't telling reporters he didn't know about the payment.

"I can't prove that".

"Every campaign finance expert, Republican and Democrat, will tell you that if it was for another goal other than just campaigns, and even if it was for campaign purposes, if it was to save his family, to save embarrassment, it's not a campaign donation", Giuliani said.

Giuliani nearly seemed to be begging with Trump, through the TV screen, to listen to the advice of his lawyers.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, said Sunday on "This Week" that he thinks it's "obvious.to the American people that this is a cover-up, that they are making it up as they go along". "This is not a legal problem for the president".

He said he met the president over the weekend at Trump's golf course in Sterling, Va., to discuss legal strategy and that the president seemed upbeat about his legal situation.

The money to Daniels was "to protect him, to protect his family", Giuliani said. "It may have involved the campaign".

"There's probably a sufficient basis for DOJ to open another investigation about whether the president was candid on his personal financial disclosure", he said.

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