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Giuliani melts down in Sunday interview: ‘My issue is getting up to speed on the facts — I’m about halfway there’

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday hinted that his client, President Donald Trump, may assert his Fifth Amendment privilege not to testify in the Russia investigation and admitted that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen may have made payments to multiple women who have claimed to have had affairs with President Donald Trump.

In a rambling interview on ABC’s This Week, Giuliani attempted to repair the damage he has done to Trump’s legal defense over the past week.

Even though he had claimed otherwise just days before, the former New York mayor insisted that Trump did not know of the $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels “at the time” and that the hush money had nothing to do with Trump’s campaign.

“Did he repay it over a period of time and then find out what it was about? Yes,” Giuliani said. “I’m comfortable with that. That’s 100 percent.”

“My issue is getting up to speed on the facts here,” he told ABC host George Stephanopoulos. “I’m about halfway there.”

“Has the president or the president’s team in any way suggested to Michael Cohen that the president would pardon him if he were indicted?” Stephanopoulos asked.

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“That, that, that — [Trump attorney Jay Sekulow] and I have made it clear and Michael’s lawyers all know that that obviously is not on the table,” Giuliani stuttered. “That’s not a decision to be made now. There’s no reason to pardon anybody now.”

“So it hasn’t been discussed?” Stephanopoulos pressed.

“It hasn’t been discussed,” Giuliani said. “It wouldn’t be illegal to talk about. It would be confusing.”

Giuliani also initially denied that the Trump legal team leaked Mueller’s proposed interview questions for Trump, but then he suggested that it could have been a former Trump lawyer.

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“The fact is, I don’t care,” he rambled. “The fact is my client is prejudiced by it. But in a way we were helped by it.”

Giuliani went on to suggest that Trump may assert his Fifth Amendment privilege not to testify if he receives a subpoena from Mueller.

“Every lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify,” Giuliani said. “I’ve got a client that wants to testify… so he may testify… but if they keep undermining it [then he may not].”

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Kentucky judge rules GOP governor broke the law by concealing data about his plan to gut retirement benefits for teachers

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On Monday, the Courier-Journal reported that a state judge in Kentucky found Gov. Matt Bevin violated the state's Open Records Act by concealing an economic analysis of his administration's 2017 plan to "reform" the Kentucky Retirement System.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered Bevin's administration to release the records, and to pay roughly $73,000 in attorneys' fees to the person who made the public records request for the documents.

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Kellyanne Conway ‘is not above the law’: House Oversight Chair warns Trump advisor she will ‘be held in contempt’

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway could be held in contempt of Congress after announcing she would refuse to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating her violations of the law that prevents federal resources from being used for partisan politics.

On Monday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings, saying Conway would "respectfully decline" the invitation to testify before Congress on her violations of the Hatch Act.

CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju spoke with Cummings about what comes next.

"Elijah Cummings told me they will subpoena Kellyanne Conway if she doesn’t show up Wednesday for his hearing on the Hatch Act - and 'of course' she’ll be held in contempt if she doesn’t comply with subpoena," Raju explained.

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‘Good to know he has a rape type’: Internet scorches Trump for saying E. Jean Carroll isn’t attractive enough to assault

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President Donald Trump is faced with the fallout from advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's accusation that he forced himself on her in a department store in the 90s. His response, in an interview with the Hill, is to say that he couldn't have done it because "she's not my type."

The callous, misogynistic, and ignorant nature of this response shortly earned the fury of social media:

"Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened."

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