Past enablers and Donald Trump lieutenants in jail….
Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen….
Thick as thieves?
Donald Trump does NOT have anyone’s back but his own….
Even more troublingly for Giuliani, Trump last week raised doubts about his status as his lawyer, in a sign some observers took to suggest Trump is already distancing himself. Trump remarked Giuliani “has been my attorney,” before clarifying he still works for him.
That could spell more bad news for Giuliani, who may be counting on Trump to protect him from both Congress and New York prosecutors.
“Giuliani could be a very dangerous witness for Trump.”
Giuliani has sought to defend himself as merely acting at Trump’s behest in a series of public protestations that make it harder for Trump to deny he had any idea what his lawyer was up to.
And that could be a problem for Trump, who has shown little hesitation about backing away from other associates facing criminal charges — including his former lawyer Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“Trump’s been out there doing things that are dodgy at best, and Giuliani could be a very dangerous witness for Trump,” said Frank Bowman, author of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump.”
Jill Wine-Banks, a former member of the Nixon-era Watergate prosecution team, says Trump stands little chance of completely backing away from Giuliani.
“It’s just totally unbelievable that Giuliani decided to do all this on his own,” she said. “That just doesn’t make any sense.”
Current and former officials have been telling Congress they raised the alarm about Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine, including George Kent, a top State Department official. Kent was instructed by a superior to just “lay low,” he told congressional investigators on Tuesday, according to Democratic Rep. George Connolly.
Giuliani has insisted he was acting for Trump and that the State Department knew what he was up to. He’s even brandished text messages from Trump’s special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, on national TV to prove it….