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Trump Reimburses His Fixer and Rudy Screws Up

Once again, Donald J. Trump has been caught in a lie. His newest, used-to-be highly talented, unhinged and senile attorney, Rudy Giuliani, just threw his client under the bus. Rudy admitted on last night’s Sean Hannity show (5-2-2018) that Trump reimbursed Michael Cohen for his hush-money payment to the porn-star Stormy Daniels.

It is reported that after the campaign was over, Trump set up a reimbursement payment schedule of $35,000 per month out of what has been defined as Trump’s personal family account. Giuliani admitted on TV that Cohen’s payments totaled between $460,000 to $470,000, which included “incidental expenses.”

Giuliani’s performance unleashed an all-nighter at the White House to create a tweet blast. The writing of the tweet is covered with the fingerprints of attorneys. The language is far too elegant and precise to have come from our writing-challenged president. It’s clear that the tweets attempt to legally cover the damage that Rudy brought on the President with his loose, quivering lips and maniacally bulging eyeballs.

So, here’s the “morning after” tweet we got from Trump’s lawyer’s: “Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.”

What the President and his attorneys don’t seem to realize is that campaign finance laws are clear about payments or contributions that give a candidate an advantage in an election. Remember the case against John Edwards who was running for the same office who used money from his campaign to hide an affair he was having with a photojournalist? Keeping Stormy Daniels quiet mere days before the American people went to the polls helped candidate Donald Trump.

To double-down on the backfiring truck, Rudy, “America’s mayor” (said in sarcasm) attempted damage control. Today on Fox and Friends, this crippled counsel tried to explain what he meant the night before by pitching yet a different story, saying that Trump didn’t know the purpose of the reimbursement money and attempting to reinforce that no law was broken. This new song sings that Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels without Trump’s knowledge. An attorney cannot ethically enter into an agreement under his or her client’s name without disclosing said agreement to the client. Rudy is trying to shovel a notion that Cohen was just being a good lawyer. Huh?

Here we have the latest chapter in the book which could be titled, IDIOT PRESIDENT. John Kelly had it right. As this legal matter unfurls, we see that the flag they wave keeps changing. They bring in extenuating circumstances, lies and hate speech to cloud the facts. They attack the Justice Department for simply doing its job. When Raving Rudy calls the FBI team that gathered evidence from Michael Cohen’s office and home “stormtroopers” he used a word that disturbs many people who suffered in another time.

During World War I, special forces of soldiers were known as Sturmmann (“storm man”, usually translated as “stormtrooper”). That doesn’t nearly match what the Federal Bureau of Investigation does when they execute a search warrant signed by a judge. I could call Rudy Giuliani “Trump’s Joseph Goebbels,” Hitler’s propaganda minister, but that would be rude. While Mr. Giuliani retrofits his answers to what the president says he did or didn’t do, the squirming and backtracking shows a profound lack of discipline and focus on the part of the president’s defense team. Why would Rudy be talking so much before Emmet Flood IV has gotten situated in the team?

Trump will probably fire Rudy G. for his bungling, senseless comments. If this is a calculated legal strategy, they are on thin-ice. The heat of this investigation, and the pending defamation litigations, will drop them into a legal abyss not even a peace treaty with North Korea could correct. Trump is a liar.

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