Did Rudy Giuliani Contradict Trump’s Claim?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The media may be seriously underestimating Rudy Giuliani and a shrewd and knowledgeable attorney.

While it wouldn’t bother me that much if Rudy Giuliani contradicted Donald Trump, because I’ve got rational priorities and I didn’t vote for Trump because of his scrupulous honesty, it is worth considering that the mainstream media has missed what what is going on.

Here’s an example of the typical narrative:

Another possibility is that Donald Trump paid his lawyer for expenses without direct knowledge of what they were for. Seems creepy to me but it would be legal, and an understandable arrangement for someone like Trump.

David Marcus writes at the Federalist: “Rudy Giuliani Knows Exactly What He’s Doing.

The day after President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani unexpectedly admitted on cable news that his client had reimbursed Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for the payout to Stormy Daniels, he was roundly criticized for having gone off the reservation and compromising the White House. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, Giuliani, a bare-knuckles brawler in the rings of both politics and litigation, was laying down a marker. The former New York mayor is sending a clear message to Special Counsel Robert Mueller: It’s been more than a year; show your cards. Put up or shut up.

Giuliani was showing his cards when he explained that Trump had personally covered the $130,000 payout to Daniels. Cohen was on retainer, and apparently empowered to take care of these kinds of situations without telling Trump, thereby insulating his boss. […]

Journalists howled that Giuliani had gotten in front of the White House, that the comms team was blindsided by his revelation. But he was only getting out in front of the truth, and maybe he didn’t tell the White House staff because he didn’t want it to leak before he had a chance to tell the story first. Maybe he wanted this to be an explanation, not an admission.

A criticism of Giuliani’s revelation, which he offered without even being asked about it, is that it proves Trump lied on Air Force One when he said he didn’t know anything about the payment to Daniels. But the facts don’t bear this out. According to his attorney, Trump knew nothing of the payout at the time it was paid, and even while repaying it was not aware exactly what Cohen had fixed. Giuliani says Trump only found out he paid for the Stormy silence 10 days to two weeks ago.

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Giuliani knew Trump had personally repaid Cohen. He knew this would come out. He put it out first and took control of the narrative.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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