Former mayor Rudy Giuliani blew a big hole in Donald Trump’s legal defense. Did he do it intentionally, or was this the result of being “well past his prime” and “not ready for prime time,” as Stormy Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, said? The real problem for Trump is the former mayor may have admitted the president committed four felonies.
There has been a recent, substantial turnover in 45’s legal team. Giuliani just came aboard to serve in a public relations role. He may have been trying to divert attention away from the special counsel, Robert Muller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election and possible Trump campaign conspiracy.
Possibly, the president’s legal team believed that there was a strong advantage in focusing the public on the adult entertainment actress and director’s case. She sued for defamation of character and for release from an unsigned nondisclosure agreement.
Congressman Ted Lieu is an Air Force Reserve colonel and represents California. He also serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary. He tweeted about those “possible felonies:”
‘4 possible felonies from Rudy Giuliani admission:
1. $130k payment to Stormy was in-kind coordinated contribution above limits
2. Cohen was a straw donor used to cover up true source of contribution
3. False statements on financial disclosures
4. False statements on banking forms’
Another heavyweight chimed in on the situation. Senior fellow at the highly respected Brookings Institute and CNN commentator, Norm Eisen, tweeted a powerful response. Eisen also served as President Barack Obama’s White House Ethics Czar and the former ambassador to Prague.
‘Whoa, Rudy may just have proven our @CREWcrew complaint that Trump broke the law by failing to disclose the loan from Cohen on his federal presidential financial disclosures. Those are filed under criminal penalty for false statements, 18 USC 1001.’
Eisen is also chair of CREW, an:
‘Aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable. We highlight abuses, change behavior, and lay the groundwork for new policies and approaches that encourage public officials to work for the benefit of the people, not powerful interests.’
The Twitter world went wild. Check out some of our favorite tweets below:
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