Since joining Trump's legal team last month and becoming its public face, Giuliani has raised eyebrows for a series of startling assertions not only about his legal strategy and the special counsel investigation, but also about global affairs and Trump's policies.
"It did not take long for Rudy Giuliani to fall out of the president's good graces here", Collins explained. Then when asked if Cohen paid off more women, Giuliani says "if it was necessary, yes". However, that was contradicted on Friday by Trump, who told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base that Giuliani was still new to the legal team and was still getting up to speed with the facts.
West Wing aides were blindsided by Giuliani's TV appearances last week, and many senior advisers and members of the president's legal team have been cut out of the decision-making process. "I know the Justice Department better than just about anyone". In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, Giuliani dismissed Trump lying to the press as "political" and "not a crime".More news: Pelosi dismisses Democratic candidates running against her leadership: 'Just win, baby'
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Trump was reportedly irritated by Giuliani's Sunday interview with ABC's "This Week", during which the lawyer left the door open to the idea that Trump had been involved in more payoffs to women aside from the $130,000 hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.
In terms of his legal skills, I think it's clear that Giuliani has lost a step. A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed last month 69 percent supported special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.
Giuliani also suggested that he wants to wait until after Trump returns from a summit with North Korea on denuclearization to prepare the President for an interview with Mueller.