Rudy Giuliani releases statement "to clarify" his remarks on Trump

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And none of it is working.

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".

"He " ll get his facts straight", Trump stipulated of his longtime friend on Friday morning, before adding: "There has been a lot of misinformation.

This is not theater of the absurd; it is actually what is happening at the White House.

President Trump did not know about a $130,000 payoff to an adult film actress who claimed she'd had a sexual affair with him even as he paid tens of thousands of dollars to the NY attorney who made the payments, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

The hush money was paid to Ms Daniels by Michael Cohen, Mr Trump's personal lawyer, days before the 2016 election.

The comments contradicted Trump's past statement that he was unaware of Cohen's payment to Daniels. It was a very big deal.

White House spokesman Raj Shah declines to say whether the president watched the interview but says Trump does not believe any of the claims she made.

Never mind that Giuliani went on a media blitz, starting with appearances on Fox News and including conversations with multiple reporters from multiple media outlets.

Giuliani set off his bombshell during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity when he said Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment.

Sanders later told reporters that she had tried to give them "the very best information we had at the time". "And, you know, from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong".

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Trump said Giuliani "is a great guy but he just started a day ago". But he's really got his heart into it.

But, he added, "I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly".

If there was a strategy cooked up between the President and his lawyer, most White House aides were left in the dark.

President Donald Trump insisted Friday that "we're not changing any stories" about the 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, even as he further muddied the explanation for the settlement by suggesting the new face of his legal team needs to "get his facts straight".

The payment was part of a nondisclosure agreement related to Daniels's alleged 2006 affair with Trump, the report said. "I have to tell you that at some point into the future, I would like to save the money", he said.

Appearing Thursday on the Fox News Channel, for instance, Giuliani asked viewers to imagine if Daniels had aired her allegations "on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton".

Trump denied knowledge of the payments, telling reporters on Air Force One, "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen". Trump also hired an attorney he previously had denied recruiting.

Cohen was in some legal jeopardy because if he had paid Daniels out of his own funds, that might mean he had knowingly made an in-kind campaign contribution well in excess of the $2,700 limit per election to a federal candidate.

Donald Trump, for years, took aim at Bill Clinton, using the former president's infidelities and his "impeachment for lying" as campaign trail fodder to rile up angry crowds. Michael is my attorney and you'll have to ask Michael Cohen.

Then, Trump threw Giuliani under the bus and said he was not familiar with the facts.

"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".

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