Trump could defy Mueller subpoena: Lawyer

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In the television interview Sunday - much of which focused on his recent comments about the payment Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, gave to adult-film star Stormy Daniels - Giuliani suggested that Mueller's team was biased in favor of accounts from former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "What Giuliani is referring to is the irrespective test under the FEC that if there was another reason for the payment it's not a violation of the FEC". But he declined to elaborate.

Giuliani's statement indicates that Trump was aware of the payment and reimbursed Cohen for it.

The sum was paid along with a non-disclosure agreement meant to prevent her talking about an alleged tryst with the president.

Cohen's payment was made days before the November 2016 United States presidential election, potentially violating campaign financing laws. Either could be legally problematic.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trump on Air Force One meant that he didn't know about the payment at the time it was made, not at the time the question was asked. He said Cohen received $460,000 or $470,000 in all for expenses related to Trump.

Cohen, a former Trump Organization executive, has been Trump's personal lawyer and has claimed to be a loyal "fixer" for his longtime boss.

"I know you don't believe in climate change, but a storm's a-comin baby", Ms Daniels said.

"Can't say that", Giuliani said.

Questions remain about just what Trump knew and when.

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Stiller's Cohen begs everyone to stick to one story re: Stormy Daniels, but he's cut off when "SNL's" Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) beeps into the call for Trump.

Mr Giuliani dismissed his own statements about Mr Trump's payment to Ms Daniels as "rumour".

Trump told reporters Friday he would "love to speak" to Mueller about the Russian Federation investigation if he's "treated fairly". "He's saying he didn't know about it when the payment occurred and he found out about it after the fact". So the fact is that Rudy has to go out there now and clean it up. "But I would think if it was necessary, yes".

Giuliani also couldn't say whether Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had made similar payments to other women on the president's behalf.

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti reacted swiftly to the revelation, accusing the U.S. president of lying. "There will ultimately be severe consequences".

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to be released from the nondisclosure agreement.

"The agreement with Michael Cohen, as far as I know, is a long-standing agreement that Michael Cohen takes care of situations like this then gets paid for them sometimes", Giuliani said during his Sunday appearance on "This Week". And they were all there to do one thing: skewer the Trump administration after (yet another) week of shocking revelations through a series of comedic phone calls and crossed lines.

Daniels also mocked the allegation that her lawsuits against Trump are all an act. And either Cohen had to get a second mortgage on his apartment to come up with the money which he never told Trump about-or this never happened.