"I spoke with Michael Cohen yesterday and his quote about Giuliani was: He doesn't know what he's talking about", Deutsch said. Trump on Friday did not specify what among Giuliani's claims was perhaps incorrect, offering vague comments like, "Learn before you speak".
Trump tweeted that his personal lawyer Michael Cohen used a retainer to pay off Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had sexual relations with the now president. Daniels has said she had an affair with Trump. His comments to media outlets underscore a growing tension for the White House: The FBI investigation of Cohen presents a legal problem for the president that his own lawyer might have exacerbated.
Cummings is urging Rep. Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, to investigate.
President Donald Trump further challenged reporters for focusing their attention on the ongoing Stormy Daniels case, instead of the positive news for the country.
That is a judgment some legal experts have disputed.
"Russian collusion is total fake news", Giuliani, a former USA attorney, told Fox News.
Since Giuliani began discussing these matters publicly two days ago, the White House has been besieged with questions about their past denials of the president's knowledge, and on Friday morning, Trump suggested Giuliani had misspoken. Giuliani added: "Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton!" Giuliani said the money was "funneled through the law firm and the president repaid it". He did not elaborate. "You'll see what I said", he responded.
Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday morning that if it's "true" that Trump reimbursed Cohen, it's a "crime" with "serious consequences". Put differently, since they know she frequently denies established facts or passes on Trump's falsehoods, there is a real question as to why they bother with the White House daily press briefing.
"I'm not changing any stories", he told reporters as he left Washington on a trip to Dallas.
"This is not going well", Benson said.
FILE - In this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti as she speaks outside federal court in NY.
"We're not changing any stories".
An angry Donald Trump dismissed a growing storm over a hush money payment to an adult movie star as "crap" Friday, as he denied changing his story on the scandal.
Giuliani said he disclosed the president's payments to attorney Michael Cohen on Fox News to avoid having the information leaked later by federal investigators.
Cohen is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Friday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who ran President Trump's campaign in its closing months, said that she was not aware at the time that Cohen made the $130,000 payment.
Cohen, under federal investigation for business deals said to be unrelated to his legal work for the president, acknowledges he received a personal loan to make the payment to Daniels through a corporation he created.
Hours after President Donald Trump said his lawyer Rudy Giuliani did not have "his facts straight", the former NY mayor issued a statement on Friday saying $130,000 (£96,000) in hush money paid to an adult-film star before the 2016 election was not an election law violation.