The comment from Giuliani, the former NY mayor who recently joined Trump's legal team, comes amid an ongoing furor over a string of assertions he has made regarding the 2016 payment to Stormy Daniels, why it was made and how much the president knew about it.
The remarks come after Giuliani told Fox News on Wednesday that the president repaid his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen $130,000 that he personally paid to Daniels, who claims she was paid to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter she had with the president in 2006. He said that there is a possibility that the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, may have paid other women who had an affair with Trump. Former New York mayor Giuliani succeeded Michael Cohen as the new personal attorney for Trump.
Trump told reporters Friday he would "love to speak" to Mueller about the Russian Federation investigation if he's "treated fairly".
He called it "a nuisance payment" rather than "a settlement".
"We have evidence that the president knew in the months at least following the campaign of this payment, certainly knew it long before his statement on Air Force One in April of this year where he effectively stood there and lied to the American people" about it, Avenatti told ABC's This Week.
"I'm not sure this qualifies as a loan repayment", he said.
"She gave an interview back in 2011; there was a blog post back in 2011", Stephanopoulos said. There was a smattering of applause from the audience at that - not because the majority of a New York City crowd probably agreed with that sentiment but because everyone has heard so many different, probably futile ways Trump could possibly be removed from office, none of them even seem worth encouraging with applause anymore.
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"I'm facing a situation with the president, and all the other lawyers are, in which every lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify", Giuliani told Stephanopoulos.
When asked about Giuliani's statement that the payment to Daniels was a campaign expenditure, Conway said, "I don't know why anyone would say that".
Giuliani, who has contradicted the president on when he learned of the payment, has said he's still learning the facts of the case.
"Now this was for another goal, to protect him, to protect his family", Giuliani said on ABC News.
During the interview, Giuliani said that people do not go away with United States dollars 130,000 for a meritorious claim. "Nobody wants to speak more than me", added Mr. Trump.
In a skit that got playfully raunchy at times, Trump is asked by Daniels what it would take to make the whole thing go away. "That's not a decision to be made now, there's no reason to pardon anybody now". "I mean, what we witnessed by Rudy Giuliani may be one of the worst TV appearances by any attorney on behalf of a client in modern times". He made payments for the President.
"That is no [questioning] under oath, only a Q&A, and then we get the questions in advance, and they write the report two weeks before", Giuliani said.