This was truly the week from hell for President Donald Trump and his legal team.
Recent addition to the Trump attorney ranks, Rudy Giuliani, went on Sean Hannity’s show and revealed that the president had repaid Michael Cohen the $130,000 of hush money given to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
Later, Trump walked back Giuliani’s comments, suggesting Rudy wasn’t up to speed on the matter and should have thought before he opened his big mouth. But the damage was done, and by Friday the Stormy Daniels story was once again the lead in every media outlet.
How did all of this happen? That was the topic on AM Joy Saturday, with host Joy Reid asking former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman:
“You worked with Rudy Giuliani as a U.S.. Attorney here in New York. When you read his statements and then his counter statements, was he a good lawyer? Are we looking at bad lawyering? What is going on here?”
Akerman’s response suggests that the chaos we’ve seen this week can be laid at the feet of Trump himself:
“What’s going on here is the chief lawyer is Donald J. Trump. He [Giuliani] is taking his cues from Donald Trump. He is basically just a shill for Donald Trump and he’s also taking on the entire rule of law and undermining our system of justice and attacking the FBI, attacking the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
As for those comments Giuliani made in which he called the FBI agents who raided Cohen’s home and office “stormtroopers,” Akerman said such a statement suggests that Rudy has jumped the shark:
“I mean, he actually referred to the FBI agents who executed a valid search warrant on the office of Michael Cohen as a bunch of storm troopers. Now, as part of that U.S. Attorney sort of alumni, this has raised major concerns of us communicating with each other in an e-mail I got that I think really sums it up.”
Akerman then read the email he had just referenced:
“I won’t name the person that did it. But he said, ‘For those who regard the United States Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York as a model of prosecutor’s office should be, it was distressing to see the former leader of that office, Rudolph Giuliani, telling Sean Hannity that FBI agents acting under the supervision of that office are, ‘storm troopers.'”
Both Trump and Giuliani, who profess with their lips their undying support for law enforcement, are lying hypocrites. They love the cops who keep them safe, but the minute the spotlight is on Trump, suddenly they resort to terms more commonly associated with the Nazis. That isn’t just disgusting, it’s a slap in the face of every cop who takes an oath to protect and serve.
Here’s the AM Joy segment:
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