Rudy Giuliani may not be able to get the facts straight yet according to the man he’s supposed to be defending, but he’s still going on TV to present his alleged version of the facts on the multiple legal fronts that the president faces.
In an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Giuliani dropped the latest bombshell regarding Trump’s potential testimony to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying that he couldn’t guarantee that the president wouldn’t invoke his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination under questioning from the Special Counsel.
“How can I ever be confident in that?” he said. “When I’m facing a situation with the president and all the other lawyers are, in which every lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify.”
Think about it for a minute. Trump’s own lawyer is saying that the man who once said at a campaign rally that “The mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” may invoke that privilege himself.
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This extraordinary admission from Giuliani reveals the new levels of desperation that the White House has reached as the twin attacks from the Special Counsel’s office and the Stormy Daniels case pummel him from both sides.
While the Fifth Amendment does allow witnesses the ability to refuse to testify against their own interests in a case, it is not often used simply as a matter of principle when the party under investigation has nothing to hide. Giuliani’s refusal to rule out the president’s potential use of the amendment in any questioning he may face from Mueller does not inspire a tremendous confidence in the innocence of his client.
If Trump hired Giuliani to be his legal spokesperson hoping he could turn around the public perception of the cloud under which his administration operates, then it appears that the quality of his personnel selections hasn’t gotten any better since he named his cabinet.
It’s difficult enough for Trump to emerge from the cloud when the weather is so “stormy,” but his emergency rescue team is just making things worse for him.
You can watch a video clip of Rudy Giuliani on ABC’s This Week below:
Pres. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says he can't be confident the president won't invoke the Fifth Amendment if he speaks with the special counsel: "I've got a client who wants to testify… I hope we get a chance to tell him the risk that he's taking." https://t.co/bKAHeA5LAy pic.twitter.com/ZKCako038J
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 6, 2018
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