Rudy Giuliani not ruling out Trump invoking 5th Amendment in Rus

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Giuliani also couldn't say whether Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had made similar payments to other women on the president's behalf.

Trump's onetime legal fixer Michael Cohen faces a criminal investigation after having acknowledged making a $130,000 payment to her shortly before the 2016 election that was meant to buy the porn actress' silence about an alleged tryst with Trump more than a decade ago. Daniels told CBS News's "60 Minutes" in March that she was not behind the article and would have preferred that the arrangement remain secret.

Giuliani, hired by Trump last month, said he's still learning the facts of the Mueller case and the details of Trump's knowledge of the payment to Daniels, who has alleged a sexual tryst with Trump in 2006. Cohen is facing a criminal investigation over the payment to Daniels and a reported payment of $150,000 from American Media Inc., publishers of The National Enquirer, to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims that she had an affair with Trump, which he also denies.

Giuliani also said he wasn't sure whether Cohen had paid off any other women for Trump but indicated it was possible.

In an interview Sunday with ABC's "This Week," last night, Giuliani dismissed as rumour his own statements about Trump's payment to the actress.

Cohen then switched to his "burner phone" and jumped between conversations with a host of figures caught up in the always evolving scandals surrounding Trump's presidency, including Martin Short as Trump's eccentric ex-doctor Harold Bornstein.

"His legal defense for the president seems to be a bit orthodox", Schiff said. "It would be a conflict right now for him to be the president's attorney", he told ABC. And he has no plans to allow Trump to sit for an interview with Mueller - Giuliani won't allow him to "walk him into a prosecution for perjury".

The meeting took place at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, a person familiar with it said.

"I was perfectly fine saying nothing at all, but I'm not okay with being made out to be a liar", she told Anderson Cooper. "It was a fast-moving exchange".

"I know this sounds amusing to people there at home - I never thought $130,000 was a real payment", he told ABC, adding: "People don't go away for $130,000 with a meritorious claim".

The president subsequently said Giuliani did not have the facts straight, but Trump did not specify what was wrong with Giuliani's account or what the truth is. The omission of those debts could have violated a federal law that prohibits willfully making false statements to the USA government, he told Reuters.

"If he had a practice of doing this during the campaign - and Cohen was hired to deal with it - it's harder to argue that this had nothing to do with the election", said Jens David Ohlin, a professor at Cornell Law School.

Giuliani said the financial arrangement with Cohen wasn't revealed on Trump's 2017 personal financial disclosure because "it isn't a liability, it's an expense". The existence of a payment to Daniels was supposed to never become public in the first place. "I am focused on the law more than the facts right now".

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