Giuliani doesn't rule out that Trump could take Fifth

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Trump Admits Reimbursing Lawyer For Porn Star Payoff

Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti appear emboldened by the revelation that Trump reimbursed his attorney for a payment to the porn star, undercutting the president's assertion that he did not know about it.

Grownup-film actress Stephanie Clifford, also referred to as Stormy Daniels speaks exterior US Federal Courtroom together with her lawyer Michael Avenatti (R) in New York, April 16, 2018.

After telling Fox News' Sean Hannity that Trump had not violated campaign finance law because he had in fact reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels, he had to walk back the claim when legal experts said it probably did.

"I solved North and South Korea, why can't I solve us?", Baldwin, as Mr Trump, said. "But I would think if it was necessary, yes".

Rep. Adam Schiff, a former USA attorney and the ranking Democrat on the House panel that investigated the 2016 campaign, immediately slapped down Giuliani's claim that Trump could skirt skirt a subpoena. "We can assert the same privileges as other presidents have".

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, did not rule out Sunday that the President could plead the Fifth Amendment in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"I can't prove that, I can just say it's rumour", Giuliani said.

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When asked Sunday whether Trump knew about the payment to Daniels after the campaign, Giuliani demurred. He's the president of the United States. "So he's saying he didn't know about it when the payment occurred".

Conway said she has "no reason" not to believe Trump's comments denying the affair, and she denied that the White House has a problem with credibility. "He found out about it after the fact".

She added that when she was Trump's campaign manager, she "was not made aware" of the Daniels matter either.

Giuliani maintained on Sunday that the payment can't be considered an in-kind campaign contribution because there was another explanation for it.

Norman Eisen, ethics chief under Trump's predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, said any such payments would have constituted campaign contributions if they were meant to influence the election, even if they were also made with the "partial motive of protecting the Trump family from embarrassment". Giuliani, who was recently hired Trump's attorney, said in a separate interview Sunday that he did not know if Cohen paid other women to keep quiet.

"I never thought $130,000 - I know this sounds amusing to people there at home", he said. "It's a nuisance payment". "When I settle this, when it was real or a real possibility, it's a couple million dollars, not $130,000".

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".

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