Trump might sideline Giuliani from his media blitz

While "dimpled simpletons" like Noah may think Giuliani, who is Trump's new personal lawyer, had a bad weekend of foot-in-mouth interviews, Rudy is, in fact, "a legal wizard and this is his Fantasia", Kosta explained to Noah.

The president's legal team has previously signaled that this would be their preferred format for a possible interview as it helps protect Mr. Trump from the possibility of lying or misleading investigators, which is a criminal offense.

"I think the president would like that", Giuliani said.

Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team amid the evolving Stormy Daniels scandal, drew intense scrutiny after making a series of comments that either contradicted Trump's previous statements about the adult-film star, or seemed to reveal new, damaging information that was not previously known publicly.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported on Tuesday that Trump is already souring on his new attorney, despite the fact that he has only been on the job for two weeks.

Giuliani said there was no truth to the idea that unless he is more careful on TV, the president will oust him. "I know the Justice Department better than just about anyone".

"They've backed off that because they realize that could really, really backfire on them", Giuliani said. Following the Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files, the whole truth of the Daniels payment - and any others - was likely to come out anyway.

"I think this thing will burn out".

POLITICO reports that some White House aides expect Trump to fire Giuliani if his behavior doesn't change. He also declined to rule out Trump invoking the Fifth Amendment in special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation probe. He also suggested the October 2016 settlement had been made because Trump was in the stretch run of his presidential campaign.

But according to Scarborough, the White House could only distract the public for so long. But he later told NBC News that the payment had nothing to do with the campaign and was instead meant to "prevent personal embarrassment and heartache to his wife", first lady Melania Trump.

  • Jacqueline Ellis