Donald Trump’s newest—or at least, loudest—lawyer Rudy Giuliani was back on television this morning, because apparently that is the sole purpose of the job. His purpose this time was to try to undo some of the damage he’s done in his last television appearances. It did not, as you can imagine, work out too well.
“We don’t have to,” the former New York City mayor now working as Trump’s attorney said when asked on ABC’s “This Week” whether the president would comply if Mueller tries to compel him to appear for an interview about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. […]
Giuliani also didn’t rule out the possibility that the president would assert his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination amid the investigation. “How could I ever be confident of that,” he said.
While claiming the $130,000 paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels was merely a “nuisance” payment, Rudy did not rule out the possibility that Trump’s lawyer paid other women in a similar manner.
Giuliani said he had “no knowledge of that,” and added, “I would think if it was necessary, yes.”
So Giuliani is suggesting that Trump will refuse to comply with a subpoena to testify in the Russia probe, and might refuse to testify on 5th Amendment grounds if the courts oblige him to give such testimony, and oh-by-the-way is not himself willing to vouch that there aren’t another three or five or twenty shoes to drop, once prosecutors have gone through the records they’ve seized detailing what “lawyer” Michael Cohen did for Trump, before and during the election.
In other highlights, he called Daniels “opportunistic” for coming forward “right before the election”; was unwilling to give any timeline as to when Trump first knew of the payment, saying “those are the facts that we’re still working on” and “those are not facts that worry me as a lawyer”, and generally avowed that there wasn’t much he was confident about, so far, other than he sweeping assertion that Donald Trump did no wrong, period, the end.
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