Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani just recently joined President Trump’s legal team, and his mouth is already getting his boss in trouble.

In a recent interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity (who recently withheld the fact about being represented by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to his viewers) Giuliani casually let several bombshells slip through his lips. Namely, that President Trump not only knew about Michael Cohen’s payment to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), but that Trump repaid Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money. This directly contradicts Trump’s previous statement that he had no knowledge of the payment Cohen made to Clifford.

Giuliani proudly admitted that Trump reimbursed his attorney with his own money, rather than from his campaign’s coffers:

However, the most jaw-dropping part of the interview was when Giuliani brazenly told Hannity and millions of Fox News viewers that Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey due to the fact that Comey wouldn’t definitively state that the Russia probe didn’t involve him.

“[Trump] fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn’t a target of the investigation,” Giuliani said. “So he fired him, and he said, ‘I’m free of this guy.'”

This statement could be construed as evidence of obstruction of justice, which is a federal crime. The actual federal statute on obstruction has a specific section about “obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees.” (emphasis ours)

“Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States… Shall be fined under this title [and] imprisoned not more than 5 years.

The question of what exactly led Trump to fire Comey, as well as the question of whether or not Trump knew about the hush money paid to Stephanie Clifford, is likely to come up in a potential sworn deposition with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Giuliani told Hannity that he and other members of Trump’s legal team will make a decision on whether or not Trump will do an interview with Mueller in the next few weeks. Mueller, for his part, has hinted that he may subpoena Trump if he doesn’t voluntarily agree to an interview.

 

Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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