Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer, tried again on Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopolous to straighten out his client’s story and, once again, failed miserably. Instead of putting some questions to bed, Giuliani raised new questions about whether Mr. Trump had paid hush money to other women. He also suggested the president might invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The president, Mr. Giuliani said, could defy a subpoena to testify. “We don’t have to (testify), he’s the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.”
One would think that a former federal prosecutor hired by Mr. Trump to smooth communication between the White House and the Special Counsel could do a better job at actually smoothing communications, but you would be wrong. Giuliani instead painted special prosecutor Robert Mueller as an out-of-control prosecutor bent on trapping Mr. Trump into committing perjury.
Other Guiliani gaffes from This Week with George Stephanopolous include:
– On testifying for the Special Counsel: “I’m facing a situation with the president and all the other lawyers are, in which every lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify, I’ve got a client who wants to testify.”
– On whether there were other payments to other women: “I have no knowledge of that, but I would think if it was necessary, yes.”
Watch more of the fallout on MSNBC