Rudy Giuliani is spooking Trump's allies with his reckless statements — and potentially infuriating prosecutors: report
On Monday, The New York Times reported that members of Trump's inner circle are growing angry about the erratic behavior of President Donald Trump's lead counsel, Rudy Giuliani:
Several people close to Mr. Trump have grown exasperated with Mr. Giuliani’s public appearances. They also expressed concern that he is increasing prosecutors' anger with the president and potentially creating a misimpression about the Trump Tower project in Moscow.
In recent days, Giuliani has made a number of statements in interviews that alternatively contradict one another and potentially expose the president to legal jeopardy.
On Sunday, Giuliani made an astonishing claim about the proposed Trump Tower Moscow deal that former personal Trump attorney Michael Cohen is accused of lying to Congress about, saying that Trump told him the deal's discussions were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won." Then on Monday, Giuliani threw himself into full reverse, saying, "My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow 'project' were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the president."
Likewise, Giuliani has spent the past several months saying that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but last week, in an interview with CNN, said, "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign. I said the president of the United States." He immediately backtracked on that the next day, saying, "I have no knowledge of any collusion by any of the thousands of people who worked on the campaign ... The only knowledge I have in this regard is the collusion of the Clinton campaign with Russia, which has so far been ignored."
Giuliani has likewise been all over the map on the legal nature of the hush payment Michael Cohen facilitated between him and porn actress Stormy Daniels. "It's not campaign money ... no campaign finance violation," he told Sean Hannity on Fox News last year (Cohen ultimately pleaded guilty to campaign finance crimes in connection with that payment). A few months later, he tried a different tack, saying that Daniels simply wasn't credible in the first place because, "If you're involved in a sort of slimy business, [that] says something about you — says something about how far you'll go to make money."
Trump might want to seriously reflect on whether Giuliani's legal commentary to the media is doing anything to help him.