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Trump Has Just About Had It with Giuliani

Honestly, Giuliani has made so many damaging mistakes that it’s almost as if he’s on Chuck Schumer’s payroll.

I’m not sure what his role is in the White House or what his usefulness is, but it’s certainly not on TV. And he doesn’t seem sharp enough to be delivering trenchant advice behind the scenes.

Look, the guy saved my city, New York. I’m eternally grateful to him. But at the White House, his days are numbered.

According to Politico:

Rudy Giuliani has a growing list of enemies in the White House — which now includes his boss, President Donald Trump.

Trump was apoplectic after a pair of weekend media interviews by his personal lawyer, in which Giuliani said that the president had been involved in discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow through the end of the 2016 campaign — a statement that enraged Trump because it contradicted his own public position, according to two sources close to the president.

Giuliani’s statement was the latest in a series of remarks over several months that has required walk-backs or reversals, and Trump spent much of Sunday and Monday fuming to aides and friends about his lawyer’s missteps. Most of those people share Trump’s frustration, noting that the former New York mayor often appears to lack a mastery of the facts of Trump’s legal headaches. 

Giuliani’s public remarks — typically made in sporadic clusters of freewheeling media interviews — have long exasperated White House aides, including the president’s in-house lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood. The latest fracas comes at a time of maximum vulnerability for the president and his legal team. Special counsel Robert Mueller has no deadline for finishing his work, but many outside observers see him as nearing the end of his probe into 2016 Russian election meddling and whether it was coordinated with Trump or his campaign.

Mika Says Trump’s Biggest Complaint About White House is He Can’t Watch Porn

Mika Brzezinski Thursday claimed Donald Trump is mad that he can’t watch porn in the White House, citing as her source: “Someone.”

Brzezinski spoke during an appearance on MSNBC – looks like not on her own show:

I know someone who spoke to Donald Trump recently about life in the White House. Donald Trump’s biggest complaint was that he’s not allowed to watch porn in the White House . . . There’s a little bit of news for you.

That’s some fine reporting there, I’d say.

What set her off was apparently some derogatory comments by Rudy Giuliani about Stormy Daniels in Israel. He said:

I don’t believe her. Sue me, but her credibility is like that of a lawyer who gets thrown off a case. As a lawyer, I also got cases that weren’t real . . . [Melania] believes her husband and she doesn’t think it’s true. I respect women – beautiful women and women with value – but a woman who sells her body for sexual exploitation I don’t respect. Tell me what damage she suffered. Someone who sells his or her body for money has no good name.

Mika called Rudy “a disgusting pig.”

H/T Washington Examiner.

Giuliani Caves to His Client, Will Allow Mueller to Interview Trump

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is reversing himself and now support allowing Special Counsel Robert Meuller to interview Trump, according to the Washington Post.

He made it obvious that this idea, which is not a smart one, was Trump’s not his.

“I guess I’d rather do the interview,” Giuliani said. “It gets it over with, it makes my client happy. The safe course you hear every lawyer say is don’t do the interview, and that’s easy to say in the abstract. That’s much harder when you have a client who is the president of the United States and wants to be interviewed.”

Trump understandably wants his name cleared and thinks he can do that by showing everyone that he withstood Mueller’s interrogation. But the danger of a perjury trap is so severe – particularly with someone like Trump,  who says what he thinks – that questions should be answered in writing if at all.

As all of you know, saying what you think with attorneys around is a bad idea.

White House contacted Mueller’s office and received this reply.

Giuliani Says Mueller Told Trump Lawyers President Can’t be Indicted

According to Fox News:

President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president’s legal team he will follow Justice Department guidance and not seek an indictment against Trump.

Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, also told Fox News that Mueller’s investigators have not responded to five information requests from the president’s team. That has forced Trump’s legal team to push off making a decision about whether the president will sit for an interview with the special counsel — a decision they had hoped to reach by Thursday.

The precedent that federal prosecutors cannot indict a sitting president is laid out in a 1999 Justice Department memo. Giuliani told Fox News that Mueller has no choice but to follow its guidance.

“This case is essentially over,” Giuliani said. “They’re just in denial.”

No, they’re not in denial. They are building a case for House Democrats to impeach Trump, and for the Senate to possibly convict him. That’s the goal here. A Democratic House would impeach Trump for waking up in the morning. But the Senate would only convinct him if there is serious evidence of a crime. And God knows, Mueller is looking for a crime, any crime.

Giuliani Keeps Screwing Up, Suggesting Trump may Have Paid Off More Women

Was Rudy Guiliani hired as Trump’s attorney or political pallbearer?

After acknowledging last week, I think by mistake, that President Trump knew about the payment of hush money by attorney Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, Giuliani took to the airwaves Sunday to suggest to the public that more such payments might have occurred.

ABC This Week Host George Stephanopoulos: Did Michael Cohen make payments to other women for the president?

That’s a simple fishing expedition. The way you handle it is not to take the bait. Rudy seized the bait.

I have no knowledge of that. Uhhhb . . . But I would think if it was necessary, yes.

What? What prevented Rudy’s recklessly running trap from closing at “I have no knowledge of that.”

Putting Giuliani in charge of your TV defense is like putting Captian Kangaroo in the cockpit of your F-16. You’re virtually guaranteed a crash landing.

SNL of course went off on Trump and Stormy Daniels Saturday night. And while the opening segment that included Alec Baldwin as Trump and Stormy herself was terrible – simply absent of humor – I thought the news segment was pretty funny.

Trump: Giuliani is a “Great Guy” but Still “learning”

President Trump Friday suggested that his new White House attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made some kind of screw up, without specifying what it was.

“Rudy is a great guy,” Trump told reporters as he left for a trip to Dallas to talk to National Rifle Association members. “He’s working hard, learning the subject matter . . . He knows it’s a witch hunt, that’s what he knows,” Trump said, but he noted of Giuliani that “when he made certain statements – he just started yesterday,” and added, “he’ll get his facts straight.”

Which suggests to me maybe he didn’t.

Top MSM outlets are reporting that Trump and Giuliani planned the latter’s revelation on Sean Hannity’s Fox show Wednesday night that Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen for his election-eve payoff of Stormy Daniels. Could be, but I think that’s more likely spin to help Giuliani out of a jam. I think Rudy’s mouth got out ahead of his brain. But maybe I’m wrong.

Trump also said he would “love” to talk to Robert Mueller but also suggested he won’t, noting that Meuller had staffed up with Democrats and, “I have to find that we’re going to be treated fairly because . . . right now it’s a pure witch hunt.” He indicated his lawyers don’t want him to talk to Mueller but said, “If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyers.”

His comments strongly suggest he doesn’t think it’s fair.

White House Goes Into Cleanup Mode After Giuliani Outburst

No, I don’t think Rudy Guiliani planned his revelation to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that President Trump reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for paying off Stormy Daniels. I think Guiliani is a loose canon, always has been, and probably should not be on Trump’s legal defense team.

Notably, Giuliani, when asked, didn’t rule out he’d be fired for what he told Hannity.

The strategy of getting an attorney who can appear on TV to defend Trump is a good. Just, this probably isn’t the guy.

The lying by both Trump and Cohen about this arrangement is deplorable, though perhaps not surprising given that this president, though a good one, lies constantly. Trump said he did not know where Cohen got the money to pay Daniels off. Turns out he knew exactly where the money ultimately came from – him. Cohen said “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign” reimbursed him, which is perhaps technically was true but certainly misleading.

Trump denies he knew the details, just that he generally paid Cohen to take care of things. That could be true, but I doubt it.

Anyway, the White House legal team was sufficiently concerned about what Giuliani said that it wrote some tweets out for the president to issue this morning. Obviously, anyone who has seen a Trump tweet before can tell these were not written by him.

I gather the Trump campaign paid off Stormy Daniels because it desperately wanted to avoid another controversy right before the election, something that would have taken the focus off then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Though that some prostitute – she’s paid for sex, just does it on camera – accused Trump of a one-night-stand a decade before seems minor compared to allegations of unwanted sexual groping and kissing that had already been lodged. But I suppose it could have changed the votes of a few conservatives, many of whom held their noses to vote for Trump, and blown the election.

No matter, the lies about it after the fact are transparent and need not and should not have been told.

Giuliani Won’t be Secretary of Anything

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is no longer being considered by President-elect Trump for secretary of state or any other position in the administration. In a statement released Friday, Trump said Giuliani “removed his name from consideration for a position in the new administration” during a Nov. 29 meeting. Giuliani’s elimination appears to be… Continue Reading