Giuliani makes it harder for us to know the truth about Trump

Sergio Cunningham
May 11, 2018

The admission comes after Giuliani repeatedly discussed the Mueller investigation and the legal issues surrounding the Stormy Daniels case in detail on national television, revealing new information and providing comments that legal experts viewed as damaging.

Giuliani's latest comments come at a time when Trump and his attorneys are weighing the president's options for an interview with Mueller, who was tasked with investigating Russian interference a year ago.

Then on Saturday, Giuliani caused another stir when he spoke to a group that supports the overthrow of Iran's government and said that the president was "committed" to regime change in Iran.

Trump had completely denied his affairs with Daniels and maintained he knew nothing of the payment made to her but Giuliani's explosive statement put him in a tough spot. "I know the Justice Department better than just about anyone".

Speaking to ABC's This Week, Giuliani was asked if Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had made other payments of the kind to Daniels, who has claimed to have had an affair with Trump in 2006. In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, Giuliani dismissed Trump lying to the press as "political" and "not a crime". "And he has expressed frustration that Giuliani's media appearances are raising more questions than they are answering".

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In terms of his legal skills, I think it's clear that Giuliani has lost a step. Giuliani pre-emptively offered several versions of that truth, allowing Trump's supporters to choose the one they find least appalling.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Mr Trump in March to get out of a "hush agreement" over their alleged relationship in which she was paid US$130,000 (S$174,000) by Cohen to keep quiet.

He also said that Trump is still hopeful that he and special counsel Robert Mueller can agree to a face-to-face meeting.

But according to Scarborough, the White House could only distract the public for so long. It comes as Trump prepares for a series of high-stakes moments in the coming weeks on Iran, North Korea and the Mideast conflict - the type of delicate and potentially explosive regions where events can easily be upended by an errant remark by an emissary of the USA president.

"It has his people much more excited now than before", Giuliani, now working as Trump's personal attorney, told Politico.

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