In a recent deposition, Rudy Giuliani claimed that former President Donald Trump had veto power over a reporter's stories for the pro-Trump One America News Network (OAN) while she volunteered for the Trump campaign's legal team after the 2020 presidential election, The Daily Beast reports.
Giuliani gave the deposition in regards to a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems against Trump and his allies who claimed the 2020 election was "rigged" in favor of Joe Biden.
"And my staff said she was terrific, she was very trustworthy and if we could work out an agreement with One America News, it would be very helpful," Giuliani said in the August deposition, speaking of OAN reporter Christina Bobb. "She was a very good investigator. So I didn't act on it right away. I wanted to see how she functioned and she was fabulous. She would get you information quickly, she turned out to be an excellent lawyer, she could write really well."
"I talked to [OAN president Charles Herring] myself and I said if she has to hold this confidential from you, that doesn't mean general assignment—they would take her off," Giuliani added in the deposition.
Giuliani then said that he and Herring had an arrangement that allowed the campaign to have the final say on any reporting Bobb did during her time with Trump's legal team, which included conspiracy-peddling pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell.
"Yes, the rules that we made with Charles were that he would defer to us to whatever our needs were, that he couldn't give it to us permanently but he could loosen up her assignments for the next couple of months," Giuliani said. "Therefore she wouldn't be working all that much for OAN, so the conflict thing wouldn't come up all the time, that she would agree that any there won't be things that you can then if they are okay then the benefit to you is you'll have like an extra, you'll have an extra edge on everybody else that will benefit you, but you're going to have to agree to something that I know our news networks won't agree to, which is there may be things that you just can't do and she's got to separate her role as a lawyer and if she wants to share things with you, she will have to get my permission or one of my people."
"They said they would take her off communication she had, OAN would be treated for that purpose the way any other news organization is, and then if she did develop a discrete, good story, she would have to run it past us so it didn't violate any of our rules or whatever," he added.
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