Rudy Giuliani, an attorney representing President Donald Trump, insisted that Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, could not be believed when it comes to allegations that illegal campaign contributions paid off multiple mistresses for their silence.
“[Cohen] is saying the president knew it was wrong and directed him to do it anyway,” ABC host George Stephanopoulos told Giuliani on Sunday.
“Which is the truth?” Giuliani quipped, denying Cohen’s statements to federal prosecutors. “I think i know what the truth is. Unless you’re god, you’ll never know what the truth is.”
The ABC host pointed out that the Justice Department’s Southern District seemed to have evidence to back up Cohen’s version of events.
“I’m disgusted with the Southern District,” Giuliani complained. “See what we’re talking about, it’s not a crime. It’s not a crime, George. Paying $130,000 to Stormy whatever and the other one is not a crime.”
“If there’s another purpose it’s not a campaign contribution,” the president’s lawyer insisted. “Suppose he tried to use campaign funds to pay Stormy Daniels. It wouldn’t be illegal. These are not campaign contributions.”
“Two weeks before the campaign?” Stephanopoulos pointed out.
“Damn right,” Giuliani shot back. “Oh, right, give me a break. Obama paid $2 million in fines for campaign finance.”
“Those are reporting violations as you know,” the ABC host reminded the attorney.
Watch the video below from ABC.
Hope Hicks called Trump’s plan for Jeff Sessions ‘odd’ — but White House lawyers blocked her from elaborating why
By all accounts, ex-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was not particularly forthcoming in her interview with the House Judiciary Committee — but according to the 273-page transcript of the closed-door hearing released on Thursday, she did begin to discuss a key point at which President Donald Trump potentially obstructed justice — until White House lawyers sitting with her intervened.
CNN's Manu Raju explained the details to Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."
"She did answer some questions about her time in the campaign season, and at one point did make one reference to something that later became a dispute," said Raju. "She was asked about the details in the Mueller report in which the president tried to get Jeff Sessions, the then-Attorney General, to un-recuse himself, to go back and oversee the Russia investigation after he had stepped aside from overseeing it."
Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.
FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.
"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.
Navy SEAL murder trial witness claims he killed prisoner
A witness in the court-martial trial of an elite US Navy SEAL charged with killing a captive teenage militant while deployed in Iraq testified on Thursday that it was he -- not the defendant -- who put an end to the boy's life.
Corey Scott, a first class petty officer, told the military court in San Diego that while he had seen Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stab the wounded Islamic State group fighter in the neck in May 2017, he had killed the boy afterwards.
He testified that he covered the victim's breathing tube with his thumb and then watched him die.