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Sex, Lies and Rudy Giuliani

Robert Franklin

Posted on May 3, 2018 18:09

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Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News and basically blew the lid off the President's story about his knowledge of hush money paid to the woman he insists he did not have an affair with in 2006. Now, the former mayor of New York City and current Trump attorney may be unknowingly walking toward the revolving door for Trump associates.

Each time some dizzying headline from the Trump Administration takes an additional five minutes off our lives, it follows a similar pattern. It starts with the BOMBSHELL ALLEGATION!then follows with the President's denial, a multi-day Presidential Twitter nor'easter and then hours of bullish partisan commentary from both cable and Internet-based pundits. What happens next, though, is perhaps the most important part of all of these controversies. In the middle of the punditry and the tweets and the brewing of conspiracy theories, someone from President Trump's Carnival of Souls runs their mouth to the wrong person or is revealed to have done a very bad job at covering their tracks.

In many instances, this results in the person being paraded around the Beltway like bourgeoisie through the square before meeting the executioner. They are tried in millions of kangaroo courts of public opinion, each judge handing out verdicts based on their own political biases. Shulkin. Tillerson. Price. Bannon. Flynn. These officials, and others, found themselves like ants under a magnifying glass held by the public and the media, slowly smoking and then catching fire, just before President Trump, a man obsessed with loyalty, abandons them.

Given his recent commentary regarding Michael Cohen's $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, it's not unreasonable to think a similar fate may soon befall Trump's newest attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Initially, President Trump not only denied having an affair with Clifford, he further denied any knowledge his attorney, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to keep her from making the allegation during Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign. His initial position on this subject was startlingly contradicted by Giuliani on Wednesday's episode of Hannity, the attorney saying that President Trump personally reimbursed Cohen the $130,000. When explaining why, Giuliani added:

"Imagine if that came out on October 15, 2016, in the middle of the, you know, last debate with Hillary Clinton ... Cohen didn't even ask. Cohen made it go away. He did his job."

There are a few avenues one can take when examining Giuliani's comments as they relate to this exhausting Stormy Daniels saga. Some can take the position that the payment itself is an admission of guilt, that Trump really did have an affair with Daniels and that she needed to not get in the way of his White House ambitions. Others can take the position that the sketchy nature of the payment may have violated campaign finance laws. Still others could take the position that rarely before has the deceptive nature of this President been on display like this.

Given Trump's behavior and the frequency in which his name appears in the same sentence as the word "controversy," it's likely all of the above happened and Trump, as per usual, is lying about it.

But what of Giuliani? His comments basically paint Trump a liar. Previous Trump associates have been "fired" for less.

Maybe we get a stunner and nothing happens. This administration's story is being written by soap opera writers, after all.

Robert Franklin

Posted on May 3, 2018 18:09

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