Thursday Reads: Down The Rabbit Hole With The Mad HatterPosted: May 3, 2018
Is your head spinning? Mine sure is. I feel as if we’ve gone down the rabbit hole and arrived at the mad hatter’s tea party. Will we ever be able to get back to reality? Oh wait. This is our reality now.
There is a man living in the people’s house who is a pathological liar and career criminal. This person is running the U.S. foreign policy and appointing judges who will sit on the bench for life. When he’s not watching TV or playing golf, he hires other liars and criminals to advise him and speak for him. But then when they give him advice or speak publicly for him, he contradicts them and eventually fires them and replaces them with new advisers who will then be contradicted and subsequently fired. Afterward the “president” lies about why he fired them.
Please let it end!
Yesterday was another busy day in Trump world. We learned that the “president” of the United States likely bribed the government of Ukraine in order to get them to stop cooperating with the Mueller probe. We learned that another attorney, Ty Cobb, is leaving Trump’s legal team. We also learned that Trump has hired a new attorney, Emmett Flood, who defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial and also worked for George W. Bush.
This while we were still absorbing the news from Tuesday that in early 2017, Trump goons illegally raided the offices of Trump’s personal physician and removed all traces of Trump records and photos and that Trump himself wrote the glowing medical assessment that the physician signed off on in 2016.
But that wasn’t the end of the breaking news for Wednesday. Last night, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared on the Sean Hannity show he 1) blew up Trump’s defense in the Stormy Daniels lawsuit and apparently admitted that Trump committed felony campaign finance violations; 2) contradicted Trump’s excuses for firing James Comey; 3) Called Comey a pathological liar and a pervert who should be prosecuted; 4) Said Hillary Clinton should be in prison. And much more.
Here’s The Washington Post’s take: Giuliani: Trump repaid attorney Cohen for Stormy Daniels settlement.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and a recent addition to President Trump’s legal team, said Wednesday night that Trump made a series of payments reimbursing his attorney Michael Cohen for a $130,000 settlement with an adult-film actress — despite Trump’s assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment.
“The president repaid it,’’ Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
Trump “didn’t know about the specifics of it, as far as I know. But he did know the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this, like I take care of things like this with my clients,” Giuliani said. “I don’t burden them with every single thing that comes along. These are busy people.’’
Rudy admits he covered up for his own clients when they had affairs? I’m sure his clients are thrilled with that admission.
Later, Giuliani said in an interview with The Washington Post that when Cohen paid the settlement to actress Stormy Daniels, he knew he would eventually get paid back by Trump, as he was for other expenses.
Giuliani said it was his understanding that repayment from Trump came in a series of transactions after the election that he believes were completed in 2017 but could have included a reimbursement in 2018.
That sounds like a structured financial transaction, which is illegal. Ask Denny Hastert.
“The president was always going to make sure he got it back, and enough money to pay the taxes,” Giuliani said. “There probably were other things of a personal nature that Michael took care of for which the president would have always trusted him as his lawyer . . . and that was paid back out of the rest of the money, and Michael earned a fee out of it.”
Giuliani said that even though Trump reimbursed Cohen, he does not know when the president learned of the nature of the payment Cohen had made to Daniels. Giuliani said the president didn’t learn many of the details about the settlement until the past two weeks, in the wake of an FBI raid on Cohen’s office and residence.
“I don’t know if he distinguished it from other things Cohen might have done for him during the campaign,” Giuliani said, adding, “He trusted Michael, and Michael trusted him.”
Of course, as well all know, Trump is on audio/video stating that he had nothing to do with the payment to Daniels.
Last month, a reporter on Air Force One pressed Trump about the payment, asking him, “Did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?”
Trump responded, “No.”
The reporter then asked, “Then why did Michael Cohen make [the payment], if there was no truth to her allegations?”
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump said. “Michael’s my attorney, and you’ll have to ask Michael.”
“No,” Trump said. “I don’t know.”
My head is still spinning, but there have been more claims by Giuliani and Trump this morning. Giuliani went of Fox and Friends first thing this morning and Trump sent out some tweets that were obviously written by someone else.
The former New York mayor and current Trump lawyer was grilled on the curvy couch over what he said about Trump reimbursing Michael Cohen, despite Trump claiming he had no idea what his hush money payments were for. Giuliani said that $130,000 was close to “pocket change” compared to how much money Trump was handling at the end of the 2016 election, and he claimed that Trump “didn’t know the details until we knew the details of it which was a couple weeks ago.”
Cohen previously said that he was never paid back for the Daniels payoff, and Ainsley Earhardt asked Giuliani about that while saying “it sounds like the story’s changing.” Giuliani said that Trump’s personal lawyer was “definitely reimbursed,” and he lamented how Cohen is being “treated like a villain” for trying to help his boss.
As Giuliani insisted that Cohen was trying to save the Trump family rather than the Trump campaign, he said that when Cohen arrived at the $130,000 figure, the attorney said to himself ‘my God, this is cheap. They come cheap. Let me get the thing signed up and signed off.” [….]
“Imagine if that came out on October 15th, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton,” Giuliani speculated. “Cohen made it go away. He did his job”
“Don’t you think a lot of these people would pay that when they can,” Giuliani asked hypothetically. “I represented clients who paid substantially more than that.”
A day after contradicting Donald Trump’s and longtime Trump general counsel Michael Cohen’s claims that the president knew nothing about Cohen’s payments to Stormy Daniels, Rudy Giuliani contradicted himself in a Fox & Friends interview.
The former New York City Mayor and current Trump legal team member insisted that the payments were personal, not political — but moments later demonstrated that they were indeed campaign related.
On Thursday morning, Giuliani first said that the payment was to protect the Trump family from a “six year old, false allegation” that Donald Trump had had an extramarital affair.
“If we had to defend this as not being a campaign contribution, I think we could do that,” he said. “This is for personal reasons. The was the president had been hurt personally, not politically, personally so much — and the first lady — by some of the false allegations. That one more false allegation six years old, I think [Cohen] was trying to help the family. For that he’s treated like some kind of villain.”
Giuliani added that the $130,000 payment was “to save not so much their marriage, as much as their reputation.”
But then moments later, Giuliani noted the political reason for the payment. “Imagine if that came out of October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton…” he said. “Cohen made it go away. He did his job.”
More on the Fox and Friends interview at The Washington Post: ‘We’re not suckers’: Giuliani says he won’t let Mueller ‘trap’ Trump into perjury.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, a new attorney on President Trump’s legal team, said Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is seeking to “trap” the president into committing perjury with a request for an extended interview.
“What they’re really trying to do is trap him into perjury, and we’re not suckers,” Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor, said during a morning interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Giuliani, conducting a fresh round of media interviews Thursday seeking to bolster Trump’s standing, asserted that the original aim of the special counsel — to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 campaign — is now “dead.”
“This silly deposition is about a case in which he supposedly colluded with the Russians but there’s no evidence,” Giuliani said.
During a later appearance on the Fox Business Network, Giuliani said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “step in” and bring the investigation to a close. Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe last year, a move that continues to elicit anger from Trump.
My head is still spinning. I’ve done my best to try to summarize the current state of affairs. What do you think?