2019-01-23 18:56:541 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Rudy Giuliani (Image source: (https://youtu.be/SC4VE_hXT78)Screenshot)
Donald Trump may not be demanding, "You're fired," but he is being urged to find a way to get Rudy Giuliani to put a lid on it. The attorney has not only failed to do anything he was hired for, but he also continues to make every trouble Trump faces worse.
He was hired last April as Trump's personal attorney, with the thought he'd help end the Russia investigation and settle the mess with regards to a threat that Trump would be subpoenaed to give answers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
But now we're heading into his eighth month. Not only is the Russia investigation still going on, but Trump has been implicated even further, and he did end up giving written answers to Mueller's questions.
Additionally, it was rumored that former longtime Trump attorney Cohen had told Mueller's team that Trump had instructed him to lie to Congress regarding the timeline of when they discussed the deal that would put a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Giuliani started out denying that it happened, then indicated they may have discussed it but that Trump didn't tell him to lie, and then he offered even if Trump did do that it wouldn't be a big deal. He also said Trump was still in negotiations regarding the deal the same month he was elected president.
The further problem is that Giuliani has done this consistently throughout his tenure as Trump's personal attorney. Trump spent the past few days being very upset with him.
Giuliani's remarks don't just anger Tump, as they are also quite upsetting to White House aides, including White House lawyer Emmet Flood.
An aide was asked who is responsible for handling Giuliani's seemingly thoughtless comments and replied, "Handling Rudy's f---ups takes more than one man."
Giuliani spoke on the issue that Trump is upset with him. "We've known each other for 30 years. And I haven't heard him complain," he told POLITICO. "And nobody in the White House would complain to me. They just do it behind my back."
"I do have a mastery of the facts," he added, which is why I can spin them honestly, argue them several different ways."
His remarks don't seem as though they would be very comforting to the president.
Giuliani then presented a new term. While much has been said of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's comments regarding "alternative facts," the former mayor of New York City has introduced, "alternative arguing." However, this term is a legal concept, unlike Conway's.
"The problem is people don't understand, or people don't want to understand, alternative arguing, which is what you do in court all the time. People who want to understand it, do," he commented.
However, some people on Trump's team do see Giuliani's merits. "I think that the president has been persuaded that he needs to treat this as a political matter, and so this is primarily going to be a messaging battle, and Rudy much of the time has been a very effective messenger," said a former aide.
Giuliani seems to be comfortable in this role while once again blowing up Trump by indicating he's lying for him. "I am afraid it will be on my gravestone. 'Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump,' " he stated.
"Somehow, I don't think that will be it. But if, if it is, so what do I care? I'll be dead. I figure I can explain it to St. Peter."
But some advisers are urging Trump to restrain Giuliani somewhat and to stop him from doing TV interviews. They are not suggesting he be fired, at least not yet.
The GOP in Trump's circle have said they think Giuliani may be doing his TV appearances after drinking, so they believe he shouldn't be allowed to do evening news show appearances.
Either way, Giuliani seems to be enjoying this spotlight. Even if they suggest he refrain from doing multiple nighttime news show interviews, it seems he may have a hard time going cold turkey.
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