Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who recently joined President Trump’s legal team, has been making the rounds on network and cable news outlets to spread the latest version of a defense against the president’s multitude of alleged misdeeds.
Giuliani was on ABC’s This Week this morning, and among the many things that he told host George Stephanopoulos was the claim that the president would not need to comply with any subpoena that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may need to issue in lieu of Trump voluntarily agreeing to sit for an interview in his ongoing inquiry.
“Well, we don’t have to. He’s the president of the United States. We can assert the same privilege as other presidents have,” Giuliani said.
“President Clinton negotiated a deal in which he didn’t admit the effectiveness of the subpoena,” he added.
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, heard Giuliani’s statement on the subpoena and responded to the claim during an appearance with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State Of The Union.
“No, he’s going to need to comply with a subpoena. If they take that case to court, they’re going to lose,” Schiff corrected the president’s attorney.
Schiff’s own efforts to get answers to many of the same questions being investigated by the Special Counsel as part of the House Intelligence Committee hearings have been frustrated by the Republican members of the committee who have thwarted the probe at every possible avenue. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) cut the investigation short without calling key witnesses and issued a whitewashed report exonerating Trump that has been ridiculed for its blatant partisanship.
Rep. Schiff told Jake Tapper that he was “taken aback” by the recent statements made by Rudy Giuliani, whose legal strategy on behalf of Trump he characterized as “deeply hurtful” to the president’s case.
“Notwithstanding the efforts of damage control, I think this is a very unpromising strategy,” Schiff said.
With the former New York mayor creating even more problems for the president with his conflicting stories of how the Stormy Daniels payments were accounted for and even Trump himself saying that Giuliani can’t keep his story straight, perhaps the president should be thinking twice before allowing Giuliani to defend him in the Special Counsel’s probe.
You can watch Rep. Adam Schiff’s comments on CNN’s State Of The Union in the video clip below.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says he is "a little taken aback" by Rudy Giuliani's strategy, saying Giuliani's public statements "are deeply hurtful to the President's case" #CNNSOTU https://t.co/apN0doBxx9 https://t.co/BvvBzmPQIS
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 6, 2018
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