Trump ridiculed by ex-prosecutor for listening to Giuliani's legal advice: 'I wouldn't want inconsistent Rudy as my representative'
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York speaking at a forum titled “Countering Iran’s Nuclear Terrorist Threats” hosted by the Iranian American Community of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmoer/Flickr)

Former federal prosecutor Katie Phang slammed President Donald Trump for employing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a criminal defense attorney.


"Rudy Giuliani is probably the most consistently inconsistent person you can have as a Trump surrogate," Phang explained.

"He doesn't really know how he's dealing with the Mueller investigation," she added.

"Giuliani has been all over the map on this and is not quite clear why," she noted. "It's understandable why Trump's lawyers might not want him to sit down for a live interview, but it's also just as understandable that Mueller would want one -- there's no substitute for asking live questions and following up, you know, checking witness demeanor, looking for inconsistencies."

"If Trump's lawyers do refuse that sit down, then he can subpoena the president," she explained. "Now, applicable Supreme Court precedent shows that a president must respond to a subpoena at least for production of documents and that the government's interests here are at their highest in a criminal investigation, which is what the Mueller investigation is."

"Normally, if you were dealing with a regular client, you'd be saying he's doing a lot of harm to a legal strategy, but you and I both know this is exactly the Trump way that he plays theater -- he's creating all these distractions and talking about all these issues so that in the end, he can say, 'no, I didn't take that position earlier' or 'I didn't really say that' so it helps him dodge," she continued.

"He's trying to figure out how to get to the end zone, but he doesn't know how to get there, so he's playing it by ear," she argued. "So he's letting people like Rudy Giuliani -- foolishly -- who's a legal representative of Donald Trump, he's letting having Rudy Giuliani go out there and say these things," she noted. "There's going to be a challenge and I wouldn't want Rudy Giuliani to be my representative, no court to be able to assert my legal position on this, because I don't think it's going to be a winning one."

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