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Here’s why Rudy Giuliani can not legitimately claim to be Donald Trump’s lawyer

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bills himself as President Donald Trump’s attorney. But one former prosecutor explained why that is not an accurate description during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.

“Meet the Press Daily” anchor Katy Tur interviewed former Southern District of New York Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah, who is a distinguished fellow in criminal justice at Pace Law School.

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“So this news that the SDNY is looking into what Rudy Giuliani was doing overseas in Ukraine, explain what they’re doing. Also, very weird since Giuliani used to run the office,” Tur noted.

“It is unusual,” Rocah replied. “But, you know, more credit to them for doing that and in many ways, I think that they’re looking at Giuliani, who used to be former U.S. Attorney, you know, and saying ‘What are you doing?’ Right? It makes it all the more sort of shocking and incredulous that he might have committed crimes like this.”

“And that he’s hiding behind this veil of being the president’s lawyer. I mean, I almost wish we could stop calling him that, because none of this stuff that he’s doing with respect to Ukraine, Giuliani, is as a lawyer, a legal matter, pertaining to the president,” she explained.

“I mean, if he is — what it looks like they’re getting at here, is they’re looking at his work with these two men who have now been indicted, [Lev] Parnas and [Igor] Fruman, to amongst other things, get Ambassador of Ukraine, [Marie] Yovanovitch, out. Why? Some people in Ukraine didn’t want her because she is a corruption fighter. Giuliani didn’t want her because she didn’t like what he was doing on the side and behind the back of the State Department,” she continued.

“Those are not legitimate reasons and Giuliani isn’t acting legitimately as the president’s lawyer in doing that. There’s no privilege here,” Rocah concluded.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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