I joined Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Thursday to discuss how Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani stumbled when he used a Fox TV appearance to try and sweep away a $130,000 pay-off to porn star Stormy Daniels — 11 days before the 2016 election — to be silent about a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump:
This is an attempt by Giuliani and the remaining Trump lawyers to close ranks over what [Trump’s personal lawyer] Michael Cohen might say about the pay-off to prosecutors.
The problem is that Giuliani has only gotten Trump into further problems. If Trump did repay $130,000 to Cohen, it is a possible violation of campaign finance laws.
We also discuss how Giuliani and Trump’s legal team are trying to escape the danger of Trump being interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Trump-Russia investigation. And we chat about why Trump seems to be relying now on a risky strategy crafted only by him and his New York friend Giuliani.
Giuliani’s task on Fox TV was to appeal to those 35% of American people who will rise or fall with Donald Trump. Make the facts go away, make the evidence, make Robert Mueller go away.
There’s only one problem with that: the facts, evidence, and Mueller aren’t going to go away.
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