Why Donald Trump picked former New York City mayor, Rudy Giuliani, as his TV attack attorney has always been an intriguing question. After all, the guy has not proven himself to be very quick on his feet. Worse, he has just blundered all over the investigation into his boss’ alleged conspiracy with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential election.
The ex-mayor screwed up big time. He told the Fox News and CNN that there was a strategizing meeting prior to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russians at Trump tower. Uh, oh.
Giuliani was the first to announce this meeting with the president’s eldest son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, embattled campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Rick Gates. Once, the meeting was out of the tube, it could not be squeezed back out of memory.
Fox News’ Outnumbered host, Harris Faulkner, noted that the logic did not work. The Fox host tried to help Giuliani contain the damage he had done in earlier interviews.
The attorney had claimed that Trump never attended a secret meeting. Unfortunately, as far as anyone knew before Giuliani’s blunder, that meeting never existed.
Faulkner told the former mayor:
‘That takes on a question that hasn’t been asked, or even suggested.’
Clearly, Giuliani had realized what damage he had caused. Unfortunately, the faster he tried to clean up his mess, the worse it became. His response came out garbled at best:
‘There was another meeting that has been leaked that hasn’t been published yet. That was an alleged meeting three days before — or according to the leak, maybe Cohen will withdraw this, I don’t know — they haven’t pursued it. And two publications are not going to publish it. I think they found independent contradiction. He says it was a meeting with Donald Jr., with Jared Kushner, with Paul Manafort, with Gates, with possibly two others, in which they — out of the presence of the president — discussed the meeting with the Russians. We checked with their lawyers, the ones we could check with, that meeting never took place, it didn’t happen. It’s a figment of his imagination or he’s lying.’
Faulker tried to give the struggling attorney a helping hand:
‘What you’re saying now is that there was another meeting that was leaked that has not been made public and — I would assume until now — really described by you in detail that have been three days prior that had done, Donald Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Gates, and possibly two others. And that’s the meeting that Michael Cohen says the president knew about ahead of time, but you say the president was not there?’
Still, Giuliani floundered. What a mess he made of it all:
‘No, no. I don’t know! All I have is two reporters telling me Cohen told them there was a meeting three days before, with a group of people that I said, and that the president was not there. He didn’t say the president knew about it.’
POTUS will not be pleased.
Check out the interview below:
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