Russia Probe Will Help Republicans in Midterms, Giuliani Says

Russia Probe Will Help Republicans in Midterms, Giuliani Says

Darren Sullivan
May 11, 2018

Giuliani, the newest addition to the president's legal team, first rattled the White House last week when he sat for interviews on Fox News and seemed to contradict Trump by saying the president was aware of the $130,000 payout to Daniels from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

"We all feel pretty good that we've got everything kind of straightened out and we're setting the agenda", Giuliani, now the mouthpiece for Trump's legal team, told The Washington Post.

"I think this thing will burn out", the senior White House official observed, calling Giuliani's public representation of the President a "little charade". Then when asked if Cohen paid off more women, Giuliani says "if it was necessary, yes". Several reports have indicated Trump's attorneys have advised the president against such an interview.

With a knack for screen time, Giuliani has enjoyed the limelight but reports suggest if he keeps on with his antics, the president might just bar screen time for him altogether.

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On Sunday, Giuliani did not rule out the possibility that Michael Cohen, Trump's embattled personal attorney in charge of making the payment to Daniels, may have paid other women during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to stay silent about alleged encounters with Trump. Sources close to Trump said he thinks Giuliani's interview gave new life Daniels' case.

In a phone interview with Politico on Monday Giuliani went so far as to say that if he can't get the job done, he has no idea who can. He did not rule out the possibility that Cohen had paid off other women. He also declined to rule out Trump invoking the Fifth Amendment in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation probe.

"Trump has grown irritated by Giuliani's performances and the headaches he has caused as contradictory statements between the two flash across the chyrons on his screen", CNN reported. Trump brought aboard the short-lived White House communications director to stabilize the press shop amid an outpouring of leaks about infighting, only to fire him 11 days later after Scaramucci's sensational comments to reporters generated too much negative coverage.