Trump attorney and former mayor Rudy Giuliani started his media blitz on Sean Hannity’s show, then went on to Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show yesterday. Both of those interviews should have been really easy since the hosts are Trump sycophants, but somehow Giuliani managed to throw his boss under the bus in both shows while trying to explain the Stormy Daniels case and the $130,000 hush money payment made by Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen to the adult film actress. He had ONE job to do.
On Sunday, Giuliani kept digging that hole.
Giuliani said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that Trump doesn’t have to comply with a subpoena. “We don’t have to” comply with a subpoena, he said. “They don’t have a case on collusion, they don’t have obstruction … I’m going to walk him into a prosecution for perjury like Martha Stewart did?” Giuliani continued. “He’s the president of the United States. We can assert privilege other presidents [have].”
Other presidents? No sitting president has ever been subpoenaed to testify in a criminal proceeding.
Giuliani then called Michael Cohen’s payment to Daniels “a nuisance payment,” saying, “People don’t go away for $130,000.”
Giuliani went on to say that “the retainer agreement [between Cohen and Trump] was to repay expenses, which turns out to have included this one to the woman that you saw on Saturday Night Live last night.”
Giuliani: “We don’t have to” comply with a potential Mueller subpoena: “He’s the President of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.” pic.twitter.com/1H1lPbJI1K
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 6, 2018
Giuliani also said that a potential pardon for Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is not a possibility at this point.
“Jay and I have made it clear, and Michael’s lawyers all know that that obviously is not on the table,” Giuliani said. “That’s not a decision to be made now, there’s no reason to pardon anybody now.”
It’s almost as if Giuliani is trying to get Cohen to flip. We’re sure Trump’s embattled lawyer is really nervous right now.
When talking to Fox host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, Giuliani said the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was not a loan but an “expenditure,” and that word is what the FEC uses to describe expenses related to a campaign. So, it is a campaign violation. Mr. 9/11 should know this. He’s either doing this intentionally or he’s out of his mind.
Keep talking, Rudy.
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