Could Rudy Giuliani Be Fired From Donald Trump's Legal Team?

Casey Dawson
May 7, 2018

Rudy Giuliani, the newest member of President Donald Trump's legal team, is attempting to clarify some of his remarks about payments to porn star Stormy Daniels to silence her allegations she had a tryst with Donald Trump.

The President also called into question the impartiality of Mueller's team, saying it was filled with Democrats, and pointed out that Mueller worked as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director under President Barack Obama, even though he was initially appointed by President George W. Bush, a Republican.

The interview was the first time a lawyer for the President had acknowledged that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payments to Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.

The organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and the Office of Government Ethics asking them to investigate whether Giuliani's disclosures show that Trump violated federal ethics laws or laws against making false statements in not reporting the payment.

After his interview with Hannity, Giuliani went on a media blitz in which he said his revelation about the reimbursement was made with Trump's approval.

"But I wonder how it is that he can accomplish this with the tremendous distractions he faces every single day", he said, alluding to Mueller's investigation.

"Two months ago, we requested the Department of Justice and Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether Trump violated the law by not disclosing the Stormy Daniels payment as one he meant to reimburse". Had Cohen not been repaid, the violation was his own.

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The president has denied all the allegations, and has said the transaction was to stop "false and extortionist accusations" of an affair, made by Ms Daniels.

On Thursday, the president took to Twitter to let his followers know hush agreements like the one Cohen facilitated with Daniels are "very common among celebrities and people of wealth". Cohen had previously said Trump did not reimburse the payment, and Trump had denied all knowledge of the payoff, which was made to Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election.

"That money was not campaign money", he began (so far, so good), "Sorry, I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know".

"He'll get his facts straight".

In a statement released Friday, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's new lawyer, walked back some of his recent comments. Giuliani has warned Trump that he fears Cohen, the president's longtime personal attorney, will "flip", bending in the face of a potential prison sentence, and he has urged Trump to cut off communications with him, according to a person close to Giuliani.

"I have to find that we're going to be treated fairly, because everybody sees it now, and it is a pure witch hunt", Trump added, while incorrectly saying that Mueller has a "group of investigators that are all Democrats".

Finally, Giuliani addressed a comment he made about why Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, which could have implications for special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction probe.

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