Giuliani told NBC News on Sunday night that it was less and less likely that Trump would speak with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "I'm going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart did?"
During a 2016 campaign rally, Trump disparaged staffers of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for taking the Fifth Amendment during a congressional investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.
"The president had effectively an extramarital affair slush fund that was administered by Michael Cohen and that he would just be expected to take care of these things", he said on ABC. The existence of a payment to Daniels was supposed to never become public in the first place.
Rudy Giuliani, the latest addition to President Trump's legal team, spent much of the weekend trying to clarify statements he made earlier concerning his client's legal troubles.
In the ABC interview, Giuliani casually acknowledged that Cohen could have made payoffs to other women under circumstances similar to those surrounding Daniels' allegations.
Yet, the president didn't seem too thrilled with his new lawyer, saying on Friday that his longtime friend Giuliani will "get his facts straight". "I asked the president what he meant and he said: 'I didn't know about it when the payment occurred'".
"I can't prove that".
"I have no knowledge of that", Giuliani said.
Giuliani thinks Michael Cohen may have paid other women hush money like he did Stormy Daniels, "if necessary".
"All of these things are deeply hurtful to the president's case and notwithstanding the efforts of damage control, I think this is a very unpromising strategy", Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Last week, Giuliani, supported by Trump, said the president had reimbursed Cohen. 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. "People don't go away for $130,000 with a meritorious claim". Either could be legally problematic.
Giuliani said that any payments made by Cohen would not have violated federal election law because they would have been made to protect Trump's family or for other personal reasons unrelated to the campaign.
Giuliani maintained Sunday that the payment can't be considered an in-kind campaign contribution because there was another explanation for it. But he said he would do so only if he were convinced that investigators were treating him fairly. "It may have involved the campaign".
Ohlin said, however, that it was not clear that Trump's retainer agreement with Cohen created a financial obligation that should have been disclosed.