Giuliani: Trump could plead the 5th in the Russia investigation

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Giuliani's surprise revelation of the president's payment earlier this week clashed with Trump's past statements, created new legal headaches and stunned many in the West Wing.

Giuliani was recruited to Trump's legal team two weeks ago to deal with special prosecutor Robert Mueller's push to interview the president in the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation in the election, and obstruction allegations against Trump.

The former mayor's interview came after a week in which Giuliani made conflicting statements to Fox News about a $130,000 payment made by Trump attorney Michael Cohen to adult-film star Stormy Daniels about an alleged affair she had with the president in 2006. After a Twitter troll told her that she's a "liar" and "we know your f***ed Cohen not Trump", she epically clapped back, "Hahaha!"

Giuliani's Wednesday appearance on Fox News' Hannity sent shockwaves throughout Washington D.C. and media circles.

"He's the president of the United States", Giuliani said.

"He started yesterday", Trump said Friday of Giuliani, who joined the president's legal team two weeks ago.

Former New York City mayor Mr Giuliani quickly came up with a new version of events after Mr Trump's intervention.

"He is a great guy", Trump said.

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Giuliani's comments, if true, opened both Trump and Cohen to possible legal liabilities pertaining to federal laws on reporting campaign-related finances and, in Trump's case, personal finances, including outstanding obligations to Cohen.

"Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA".

In a brief telephone interview later in the day, Giuliani said the episode has not hurt his standing with Trump. Reporters grilled Sanders on Thursday following Rudy Giuliani's admission that Trump repaid Michael Cohen.

"You know what? Learn before you speak". Trump has denied the encounter.

Just returned home to the handsome White House, from Dallas, where the Arena was packed to the rafters with the great fans and supporters of the @NRA. Baldwin's Trump promises that he won't say anything and will simply listen in on the call, but when the call is placed, cuts Cohen out of the phone call and proceeds to talk to Daniels directly. Giuliani has warned Trump that he fears Cohen, the president's longtime personal attorney, will "flip", bending in the face of a potential prison sentence, and he has urged Trump to cut off communications with him, according to a person close to Giuliani.

"I believe in my heart that the Supreme Court will decide that", he added. It's bad enough, he must think, that his actual chief of staff is undermining him.

"You take a look at what I said", Trump told reporters Friday, when questioned about his previous statement. Daniels shares a call with Baldwin's Trump, who asks what it would take for her to drop everything.

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