Giuliani's former law firm rejects his defense of Stormy Daniels payment

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a campaign rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Southeastern Livestock Pavillion

Giuliani says he is joining Trump's legal team to help bring Mueller probe to a conclusion

Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to President Donald Trump's legal team, announced Thursday that he permanently resigned from his law firm to give his "sole concentration" to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Giuliani backed up Rosenbaum's statement and said the resignation affords him the time concentrate on representing Trump "on this critically important matter for our country".

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The former New York City mayor was specifically questioned about whether Mueller asking to speak with any of Trump's children would be a "red line" that the president would consider a step too far.

Giuliani initially ignited a firestorm around Trump after he revealed the president had reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen gave to adult film actress Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) for her silence about a sexual encounter with Trump.

"That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds", he said on Fox News.

Giuliani announced earlier Thursday that he has resigned from the firm to focus on his legal work for the President.

Giuliani said the discussions about preparing the President were merely a precaution at this point and dismissed a suggestion that the discussions meant an interview with Mueller is happening.

"Several things delayed us, with the primary one being the whole situation with North Korea", Giuliani said.

Trump had previously denied knowledge of the payment.

According to Giuliani, real negotiations with the Mueller team about a potential interview are not now happening in earnest because the special counsel's team is tied up in Virginia federal court over a case involving Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, while Trump also is focused on North Korea and Iran.

Later, both Trump and Giuliani began to alter their stories about Cohen and Daniels and who knew about the payment and when.

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