The cold open followed Stiller's Cohen as he called the president (played by Alec Baldwin), Rudy Giuliani (played, of course, by Kate McKinnon) and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (played by Scarlett Johansson and Jimmy Fallon, respectively), among many others, as the F.B.I. listened in.
He reiterated that the payment to Daniels was not a campaign contribution and that it was reimbursed out of personal funds. Trump denied in the tweets that any campaign money was used to reimburse Cohen and said he was paid via retainer.
"No, I would like him to stop lying, quite frankly", Tapper said.
"I am focused on the law more than the facts right now".
"I never thought $130,000 was a real payment", Mr. Giuliani said.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's credibility on CNN on Sunday, saying that when he told White House reporters on Air Force One last month that he didn't know about the payment to Daniels, he meant he didn't know about the payment at the time it was made in October.
"I know this sounds amusing to people there at home, I never thought $130,000 was a real payment", Giuliani said. "He'll get his facts straight".
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"He started yesterday", Trump incorrectly said of Giuliani, who was hired on April 19.
Avenatti knocked Giuliani's explanation that, as a recent addition to Trump's legal team, he is still "getting up to speed" on the details of the Cohen case and the arrangement with Daniels. "I think I'm going to go look at your finances now because obviously you're trying to hide something".
On Saturday night, Rudy Giuliani acknowledged that he's "still learning" the facts in legal cases involving Donald Trump, who hired him last month to serve as his personal attorney in the Russian Federation investigation. He also said that the possibility of pardoning Cohen - who is facing scrutiny from federal investigators exploring whether he committed bank fraud and wire fraud - has not been raised. "That isn't a decision to be made now". Stephanopolous immediately put on the screen a photograph of the two together, at which point Giuliani tried to change the subject to Daniels's appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
He said that the adult film star "was opportunistic" in seeking money before the election. "He made payments for the President or he's conducted business for the President, which means he had legal fees, monies laid out and expenditures". Giuliani appeared to walk back several previous comments he'd made to Fox News' Sean Hannity last week, but maintained that Trump's firing of "inferior executive officer" Comey "was clearly within his Article II power" as president.
"You stated it as fact", Stephanopoulos said.
"The agreement with Michael Cohen, as far as I know, is a longstanding agreement, that Michael Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them, sometimes", he said. "I think it is obvious.to the American people that this is a coverup, that they are making it up as they go along, they don't know what to say because they've lost track of the truth".