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Her attorney Michael Avenatti said: "We intend on teaching Mr Trump that you can not simply make things up about someone and disseminate them without serious consequences".

Despite NBC making the appropriate correction from "tapped" to "monitored", US President Donald Trump's Twitter fingers were already in motion to cripple their credibility. "And to be bringing up that kind of crap, and to be bringing up witch hunts all the time - that's all you want to talk about", Trump said. Alec Baldwin won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy, Kate McKinnon won Best Supporting Actress, and even Melissa McCarthy won for her hilarious performance as Sean Spicer.

Indeed, practically every legal expert who has weighed in on Trump's various legal scandals (both Russian Federation and Stormy Daniels) has said that Trump giving sworn testimony would be a disaster, given his propensity to lie and exaggerate, and Mueller's low tolerance for perjury.

Here's why the case has become a significant problem for the White House.

Cummings is urging Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, to investigate.

Giuliani said Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment to silence Daniels before the election, in a series of monthly $35,000 payments that also covered other, unspecified legal services.

Some legal experts disagree. "But it turns out, in covering up this affair, they might have broken the law", Noah said, noting that the payment may have run afoul of campaign finance laws.

"A storm's a comin', baby", she smiles. "Now Trump is going to have to say at some point, 'Giuliani wasn't accurately reflecting my state of mind". He did not elaborate.

But Trump slammed claims of an affair with Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - as "false and extortionist". Schwartz adamantly maintained that Trump never reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

But Friday, Trump suggested that Giuliani didn't have his facts straight.

"The admissions by Mr. Giuliani as to Mr. Trump's conduct and the acts of Mr. Cohen are directly contrary to the lies previously told to the American people", he said.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says, "How could I ever be confident of that".

Later, in an appearance on Fox Business Network, Giuliani appeared to retreat from his earlier remarks, saying: "This was about personal reputation".

Mr. Trump said Friday that Giuliani "just started a day ago", although Giuliani joined the legal team last month.

"With this latest explanation, President Trump finds himself between something of a rock and a hard place", Potter said in a statement.

The inconsistent narrative over the payment and the porn star is threatening the president's credibility in the lead up to the mid-term elections.

Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has known since previous year the details of how Cohen was being reimbursed, which was mainly through payments of US$35,000 per month from the trust that contains the president's personal fortune, according to two people with knowledge of the arrangement. Trump appeared in front of reporters on the morning of May 4 and announced that Giuliani didn't know what he was talking about and would issue a statement soon.

After the parade of star power continued to dazzle, Trump finally asked Cohen to settle things once and for all with Daniels, and his former lawyer made the call.

But the surprise revelation of the president's payment clashed with his past statements, and has created new legal headaches and stunned many in the West Wing.

Rudy Giuliani doubled down Saturday night on his argument that President Donald Trump didn't violate campaign finance law when his personal lawyer made a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

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