Giuliani: Trump doesn't have to comply with potential Mueller subpoena

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As the real Daniels answers the phone, the audience cheers and Trump asks Daniels what she's wearing, much to the apparent dismay of his attorney.

Cohen's NY home, office and hotel room were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents last month, on a tip-off from the special counsel Robert Mueller and with documentation about the Daniels payment reportedly among material seized.

Giuliani said despite Trump's openness to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation, he would strongly advise Trump against it.

Giuliani's statement to Fox News' Sean Hannity contradicted Trump, who previously denied knowledge of the payment. So don't sit there and try to act like tough guy Rudy saying, "You'd better not go after Ivanka or I'm going to get in my charger". "Cohen didn't even ask. He did his job".

Trump tweeted that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen used a retainer to pay off Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had sexual relations with the now president.

She said as campaign manager for the tail end of the race the issue of the payments "never crossed my desk".

When it was pointed out to him that those were his own words he was dismissing, Mr Giuliani said, "right now I'm at the point where I'm learning". "I'd be living in some kind of unreal fantasy world where everyone tells the truth", Giuliani said. "These folks make the Watergate burglars seem competent". Trump has shaken up his legal team in recent days, seeking to take a more aggressive response to the probe that has engulfed much of his presidency.

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.

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Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said the White House doesn't have a credibility problem despite conflicting statements about when President Trump knew about "hush payments" made to a porn star.

Trump himself was happy with Giuliani's performance, according to a person familiar with his views but not authorized to speak about them publicly.

President Trump knew about his attorney Michael Cohen's hush money payment to Stormy Daniels several months before he denied any knowledge of it in April, according to two people familiar with the arrangement. Giuliani told anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News' "This Week".

"He made payments for the President, he conducted business for the President", Giuliani said. All he was really saying was, "This is a very bad idea and I hope Trump doesn't do it". And either these payments-whoever and wherever they came from- were structured to avoid campaign finance law violations, or they were "funneled", in Giuliani's word, through a law firm, which made them, in his opinion, legal.

Stephanopoulos grilled Giuliani after he accused Mueller's team of leaking questions it wants to ask Trump. "I mean I don't understand what's so complicated about that unless you're trying to hide things".

A presidential pardon for Cohen was "not on the table", Giuliani added.

Cohen, who acted as Trump's "fixer", is facing a criminal investigation in NY, and FBI agents raided his home and office several weeks ago seeking records about the Daniels nondisclosure agreement. "The mob takes the Fifth Amendment".