He returned to Fox News and on Thursday morning and made things even worse.
On Friday, he was forced to issue a statement effectively recanting everything he said the previous two days.
By Saturday night he was back on Fox News. Things did not get any better.
Giuliani appeared on one of Trump’s favorite programs, Justice With Judge Jeanine, which airs at 9 p.m.
He admitted that he was returning to national TV even though he is still not fully versed with the facts of the Stormy Daniels case or any other of Trump’s legal issues. “The facts I’m still learning… I’ve been on the case two weeks… I’m not an expert on the facts yet. I’m getting there,” Giuliani said.
It showed. In an interview that lasted less than 8 minutes, he made several significant errors.
Giuliani again addressed the Stormy Daniels case and the $130,000 hush money payment made by Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen to the adult film actress. If the money was intended to influence the campaign, it could violate federal law.
But Giuliani told Pirro that the donation would be legal “even if it was a campaign donation.” According to Giuliani, it was legal as a campaign donation because “the president reimbursed it fully.”
This, however, is false. While candidates can donate unlimited money to their own campaigns, all campaign donations, and loans, must be reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The failure to report the donation is a violation of federal law. The Stormy Daniels payment has never been reported to the FEC by Trump. If it was a campaign expense Trump broke the law.
At another point, Giuliani says the payment to Stormy Daniels was not a loan but an “expenditure,” which is the word the FEC uses to describe expenses related to a campaign.
It is also puzzling why Giuliani keeps bringing up the possibility that the donation was intended to influence the campaign. “Imagine if that came out of October 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton…Cohen made it go away. He did his job,” Giuliani said on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning.
At another point, Giuliani mimicked petting Hillary Clinton as if she was a cat.
Giuliani did not address the critical issue of what Trump knew when, nor was he asked about it.
He will be back on TV, this time on ABC, on Sunday morning.
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Author: Judd Legum