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Trump 'knew about Stormy payment'

06 May 2018

Maher noted that it seems Trump has moved from having his lawyer Michael Cohen to hiring Giuliani.

Earlier in the sketch, Stiller as Mr Cohen refers to contradictions in statements last week by Mr Trump and his new lawyer Rudy Giuliani about the legal case involving Ms Daniels.

Then, SNL's Giuliani - played by cast member Kate McKinnon, who also regularly impersonates Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway and other political figures - picks up the phone right in the middle of a live television interview on Fox News. The House Intelligence Committee released a report last week in which the panel's GOP members largely corroborated Trump's position that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

He said he would defend the president's daughter Ivanka Trump but suggested that her husband, Jared Kushner, was "disposable".

Moss pointed out Giuliani has acted as the public face of the Trump team since coming aboard.

Giuliani told The New York Times he had documentation proving Trump had reimbursed the sum, which he said "removes the campaign finance violation" prospect.

In it, Baldwin playing Mr Trump instructs his lawyer to "call up Stormy Daniels and fix this once and for all" and keep him on the line to listen in.

A Times report this week documented the "cold truce" between the two men as Trump has soured on Kelly's efforts to impose order on the White House.

Cummings is urging Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, to investigate.

Some legal experts disagree.

Giuliani also stressed that payment to Daniels in October 2016 was made not because of the presidential campaign, but to "protect the President's family" from a "false allegation".

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Trump did not explain what Giuliani got wrong, if anything.

"My references to timing were not describing my understanding of the President's knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters", Giuliani wrote. He did not elaborate.

Sanders said Thursday that Trump "eventually learned" about the payment, but she did not offer details.

Mr Herman said he believed Mr Giuliani's comments were an "off-the-cuff remark, giving us a look behind the curtain" rather than a planned legal strategy.

Giuliani told NBC News that Trump learned from his legal team that he had reimbursed Cohen only about a week ago.

The most convincing explanation for this is that, although Trump might not like the reaction that Giuliani's words have provoked, the former mayor is basically doing his bidding: Giuliani reportedly talked to Trump before revealing that the President repaid Cohen, and he has echoed Trump in adopting an increasingly hostile stance toward the Mueller investigation.

"He started yesterday", Trump said of Giuliani, who started two weeks ago.

That statement was an attempt to resolve three days of shifting stories from the former New York City mayor about Cohen's payment and Trump's knowledge of it.

Cohen then hangs up and calls Trump's new lawyer Rudy Giuliani. At issue is how Trump transferred the funds, and how Cohen made the payment in the first place.

President Donald Trump is insisting that his reimbursement of a 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels had nothing to do with his election campaign.

Trump 'knew about Stormy payment'