President Donald Trump’s friend and former attorney Jay Goldberg told CNN that he cautioned against hiring former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. After watching Trump’s lawyer, Goldberg realizes he was right.
In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Goldberg explained that he didn’t think Giuliani would be a good defense attorney for Trump given his track record as a prosecutor.
“I didn’t think he had knowledge of how to handle the case from the defense perspective,” Goldberg told Burnett. “He was a long-time prosecutor. He didn’t know how to set a case up for the possible impeachment of a witness such as [Michael] Cohen. Now, we don’t know that Cohen would tell the truth. It’s entirely likely that given precedent a person who was in Cohen’s position would tell the government what he believes the government wants to hear. For Giuliani to say that he will tell the truth strips the defense of its main weapon of claiming that he is coloring his testimony to favor the government so he can get a letter of cooperation.”
He went on to say that as soon as Giuliani spoke he knew the lawyer “was damaging Trump’s case immeasurably.”
“It ranks near 100 in terms of damage,” he said. “In other words, the testimony would be, ‘You’re claiming that Mr. Cohen is not telling the truth. So, on a certain date, you said that Cohen would tell the truth and that he is an honorable person. And the jury would hear that. That would be terribly damaging to someone who is trying to impeach the credibility of Cohen. It’s no defense oriented lawyer would say that.”
Goldberg said that he has not talked to the president about these feelings since their initial conversation or since Giuliani has begun doing the rounds on cable news.
Watch the interview below:
‘It’s like Kindergarten’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s juvenile attacks on Kamala Harris’ name
On CNN Monday, anchor Anderson Cooper played clips of President Donald Trump making fun of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and deliberately mispronouncing her name.
"By the way, you know who's further left than Bernie is Kamala," said Trump in the clip. "She's the most liberal senator in America. Kamala. Kamala. Senator Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Green New Deal, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. You pronounce her name wrong, she will go crazy. Kamala, like a comma. You like Kamala?"
"Obviously, not something he's done once or twice," said Cooper. "It's like Kindergarten, remember? When everyone used to make fun of people's names. It happens again and again and again, much like how, to this day, he still emphasizes President Obama's middle name, Hussein."
Trump’s DHS prepares to send federal agents to cities for election: ‘We have teams ready to go’
Homeland Security agencies are preparing for civil unrest as tensions climb leading into the last week of the presidential election.
"We have teams ready to go as needed ... we don't have any specific intelligence that suggests any particular threat of violence," said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the Homeland Security deputy secretary.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is putting personnel on standby through next week's election, according to a senior ICE official who spoke with CNN. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been regularly training personnel -- an extension of the deployments this summer, an agency official said.
Trump has become ‘The Incredible Shrinking President’ as Americans tune him out: Pennsylvania AG
On Monday, Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, hit back at President Donald Trump's threats that he would be "watching" the state for signs of voter fraud.
"What's your response to the president, who made those allegations without any evidence at all in your state?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"He says he's watching, about the only thing I have seen here in Pennsylvania is that Donald Trump has gone 0-5 in court challenges against us here," said Shapiro. "Court challenges where he has alleged widespread voter fraud, and yet never was able to back it up with a shred of evidence. That's why courts have dismissed these baseless lawsuits that he's filed. Apparently, now that he's lost in court time and time again, he's gone into the public square to spin a tale and tell these lies and attack our governor."