Donald Trump's new lawyer Rudy Giuliani has made confounding and at times contradictory statements as he fights to reduce the impact on the U.S. president of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and hush money paid to a porn star.
"There is no campaign violation".
She pointed to the president's tweets as proof that the payment was not made with campaign dollars and was instead a means to "save the embarrassment for his family".
That suggestion that Trump broke the law, which Cummings now wants the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to investigate, was triggered by Trump's belated admission Thursday that he had reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels. "He did his job".
Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and a former US attorney, said Cohen, a longtime fixture at Trump Tower, no longer serves as one of Trump's personal attorneys.
Mr Giuliani dismissed his own statements about Mr Trump's payment to Ms Daniels as "rumour".
Giuliani, who was hired by Trump last month, says he's still learning the facts of the Mueller case and the details of Trump's knowledge of a $130,000 hush payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.
Mr Trump's long-standing personal attorney initially denied to reporters that any money had changed hands, but in February he admitted making the payment.
Cohen had denied that Trump ever reimbursed him for that payment, and the president had denied knowing about the deal his lawyer cut with Daniels.
Giuliani then issued a statement Friday that he said was "intended to clarify the views I expressed over the past few days".
Critics have pointed to Comey's firing as evidence of obstruction of justice by Trump. He also reiterated his call for Mueller's probe to be shut down, repeatedly highlighting a federal judge's remarks last week suggesting that the special counsel's team is seeking information on Trump that could "lead to his prosecution or impeachment".
But he said he did not know whether Trump would invoke the Fifth Amendment.
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"He (Cohen) made payments for the president, or he conducted business for the president, which means he had legal fees, monies laid out and expenditures, which I have on my bills to my clients, ?"