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Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels

Seeking to clear up confusion generated by President Trump and attorney Rudy Giuliani about a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, Giuliani issued a statement Friday saying he made mistakes regarding the timeline - but not specifying exactly what they were.

Giuliani also reiterated that the president just recently found out about the reimbursement to Michael Cohen, only because it was Giuliani himself who told Trump.

"The president's other lawyers ultimately determined that Mr. Giuliani had consulted with Mr. Trump, people close to them said, but were left speechless about why he decided to make the disclosure in such a high-profile way and without any strategy to handle the fallout".

In an interview with NBC News, the newest addition to Trump's legal team explained that when the president denied knowing anything about Michael Cohen's $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels-"no", he answered last month when a reporter asked whether he was aware the cash had changed hands-it was because he'd only recently learned that the funds he sent to Cohen were meant to reimburse him for the hush money.

The comments capped a week of evolving facts surrounding the Oval Office.

Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and US attorney, joined Trump's legal team last month.

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"You wont see daylight between me and the President", Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday. He indicated his lawyers don't want him to talk to Mueller but said, "If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyers".

It continues to say that it "is undisputed that the President's dismissal of former Director Comey - an inferior executive officer - was clearly within his Article II power".

"We're not changing any stories", Trump said prior to boarding Air Force One.

The comments contradicted Trump's past statement that he was unaware of Cohen's payment to Daniels.

"Donald Trump may wear impeachment as a badge of honour", he said.

Giuliani, President Trump's newly hired attorney, violated that rule repeatedly in Wednesday night's interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity and in subsequent statements.

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The sexual encounter allegedly took place in 2006, four months after Trump's wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron. I could not be more happy. Trump's story about the US$130,000 payment - what he knew about it and when - has evolved over time.

Trump then confirmed what Giuliani said via Twitter.

Trump had previously denied all knowledge of the payment to Daniels, before admitting last week that Cohen struck a "deal" with the porn star on his behalf.

The most consistent thing in the White House's message is that the Daniels story is "that kind of crap", as Trump put it Friday morning, and there are multiple "witch hunts" out to get him. "We will not rest until justice is served". Mueller has suggested Trump could be subpoenaed if he doesn't voluntarily talk.

Trump and Giuliani have described the various investigations of the administration as distractions from important issues, such as North Korea, Iran, and the economy.

In a brief telephone interview later Friday, Giuliani said the episode has not hurt his standing with Trump. If prosecutors, judges and even the American people no longer believe what Trump and his lawyers say is true, they will assume the worst.

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