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Giuliani says he's 'focused on the law more than the facts right now'

Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday he's still focused on learning the facts surrounding President Trump's legal situation, shortly after he made a series of conflicting statements about a payment Trump's personal lawyer made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. 

"Well, I have just on been on board couple of weeks," Giuliani, who was recently hired by Trump's legal team, told CNN on Sunday. "I haven't been able to read the 1.2 million documents," he continued.

"I am focused on the law more than the facts right now. A couple of things were fairly easy to dispose of. The whole situation of the $130,000 doesn't require an analysis of the facts because it wasn't intended as a campaign contribution. It was intended as a personal, embarrassing, harassing claim."

Giuliani made headlines last week when he said that Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the payment to Daniels to ensure her silence regarding her alleged affair with Trump. That statement seemed to contradict what Trump had said previously, that he was not aware of the payment to Daniels. 

Trump suggested on Friday that Giuliani could have gotten his facts wrong during the interview. 

"He started yesterday," Trump incorrectly said of Giuliani, who was hired on April 19. "He'll get his facts straight. He's a great guy."

The former mayor said on Sunday that he has no knowledge of Cohen paying any women in addition to Daniels. 

He spoke with CNN after a visit with the president at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, according to the news outlet.

"He was in a good mood and feels like things are moving in the right direction," Giuliani said.