Over the past few weeks Rudy Giuliani has done such a historically efficient job of damaging his client Donald Trump’s legal prospects, he may have qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s almost enough to make you stop and ask if perhaps this is secretly some kind of evil genius strategy that none of us are smart enough to recognize. Now we have our answer, and it comes directly from Trump himself.
Thus far Rudy Giuliani has used his media interviews to admit that Donald Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for the $130,000 payoff to Stormy Daniels, that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to try to sabotage the Russia investigation, and most recently, that Trump opposed the merger that AT&T was trying to get him to change his mind about when it bribed Michael Cohen. All of these are felonies. Trump doesn’t seem to care about that, so much as he cares that Rudy isn’t getting the kind of response he wants from viewers.
Trump is now whining to his remaining political advisers that he needs better “TV lawyers” to go on television and defend him, which is a direct shot at Rudy Giuliani, his only lawyer who has been going on television of late. The rest of Trump’s legal team consists of Emmet Flood, who hasn’t said a word since joining the team last month, and Jay Sekulow, who’s just sort of there. Everyone else on his legal team has quit, or been fired, or been raided by the FBI.
It’s clear that Donald Trump had his own people leak his frustrations with Rudy Giuliani. This raises the question of why Trump hasn’t simply fired him. Considering that Trump seems to think his criminal scandals will be won or lost on television, and no one else seems to want to be a part of that charade anymore, Rudy is the only thing Trump has left.
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