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Robert Costello told the news service that he insisted his client make the call after Giuliani said in a televised interview that he had an “insurance policy, if thrown under the bus.”

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"He shouldn’t joke, he is not a funny guy," Costello told Reuters. "I told him, 'Ten thousand comedians are out of work, and you make a joke. It doesn’t work that way.'"

The claim comes as Trump, while maintaining that Giuliani is “a great guy,” has denied that his personal attorney’s dealings in Ukraine, which have been thrust into the spotlight amid the House impeachment inquiry, were at Trump’s behest.

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Costello said that Trump and Giuliani’s relationship has not changed in recent weeks, telling Reuters that “they speak all the time.”