It took less than two weeks for president Trump to disavow his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, after he confessed on live television to his client lying and committing a serious campaign violation. “I say, you know what, learn before you speak. It’s a lot easier,” Trump said in a statement about Giuliani’s disastrous start. Reported Politico:
President Donald Trump on Friday distanced himself from Rudy Giuliani’s explanation of a hush-money payment longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels, saying Giuliani will “get his facts straight” and that “he just started a day ago.”
Giuliani, the former New York major who recently joined Trump’s outside legal team, set off a furor when he revealed on Fox News late Wednesday that Trump had repaid Cohen for the $130,000 hush deal — a move that appeared to contradict Trump’s prior denial of any such payment.
While Giuliani claimed that Trump was not aware of the repayment because Cohen had authority to act independently, the revelation still set off a fresh controversy and Giuliani’s extensive interviews could have introduced new legal headaches for the president.
“Rudy is a great guy, but he just started a day ago,” the president said while addressing reporters outside the White House. “But he really has his heart into it. He’s working hard. He’s learning the subject matter.” Trump added: “He’ll get his facts straight.”
Giuliani rode in to ostensibly save the president from his legal woes after his previous legal team fell apart, and has now helpfully conceded every legal argument against his client. Giuliani’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s show and Fox and Friends was so disastrous that the former Mayor of New York was forced to walk back his statements today and claim he didn’t actually mean what he said:
“First: There is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”
“Second: My references to timing were not describing my understanding of the President’s knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters.”
The scale of this cock up is truly extraordinary, and it seems unlikely Giuliani will be able to remain on Trump’s legal team for long. Hiring a narcissist like Giuliani only adds value to Trump’s legal defense if he can keep his story straight and add to the impression that he is being unfairly persecuted. Giuliani’s ego got in the way almost instantaneously, and he bulldozed into the delicate legal quagmire with the finesse of a 300lb ballerina. Giuliani was likely excited by the media attention he was getting and decided to make some bold statements to up his profile. But as everyone finds out at some point or another, Trump is the star of this reality TV show, and anyone stepping on his toes will come to an end sooner rather than later.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.