SNL opens with Stormy Daniels roasting Donald Trump "a storm's a comin'"

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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.

Mr Giuliani has warned Mr Trump against sitting down for an interview with Mr Mueller and has suggested the president needs to place limits on his level of co-operation.

The president has repeatedly expressed his desire to sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and clear his name once and for all.

Trump also brushed off revelations by his newly recruited attorney, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, that he was aware of and approved reimbursements to his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. He said Cohen received $460,000 or $470,000 in all for expenses related to Trump. "He's the president of the United States".

Daniels is suing the real Donald Trump over a hush agreement that she claims relates to a liaison in 2006.

Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted Friday that "Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along". "He's a great guy".

The sketch then launched into a series of appearances of Trump associates played by comedians. "The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president's family", Giuliani said in a brief statement.

However he has said he reimbursed his lawyer Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payment, which he says was created to stop Ms Daniels from making "false and extortionist" statements.

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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.

Conway also stressed that Trump has denied Daniels' allegations of an affair between the two, and said she accepted his denial.

If there was a strategy cooked up between the President and his lawyer, most White House aides were left in the dark. Giuliani added that Cohen is an "honest, honorable lawyer" that he expects to cooperate with the Mueller investigation but sees no concerns regarding anything he may reveal about the president.

Giuliani said he backed Judge Ellis' decision to scold Mueller's team for overstepping their mandate by prosecuting Manafort in hopes of turning him against President Trump.

"Nobody wants to speak more than me ... because we've done nothing wrong", Trump said. Times reporters are probably investigating that at this very moment, although only Cohen may know the full truth. "It's not something I'm aware of, nor is it relevant to what I'm doing, the legal part", Giuliani said. But Trump sought to bolster his standing on Friday.

Advisers, at times, refer to Hannity as the "shadow" chief of staff, rivaling White House chief of staff John F. Kelly in terms of influence.

Baldwin's Trump responds by asking Cohen if he's calling from a secure line, to which he responds in the affirmative, saying the call is "untracable" - but the skit then cuts to a shot of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents listening in on the call, shaking their heads in disbelief.

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