Rudy Giuliani is some kind of a lawyer. Speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, about the illegal hush money payments Donald Trump made in 2016 to two women with whom Trump had affairs, Rudy Giuliani again admitted that his client is guilty:
“It has to be for the sole purpose,” Giuliani said. “If there’s another purpose, it’s no longer a campaign contribution — if there’s a personal purpose.”
He then suggested that the failed prosecution of John Edwards for a campaign finance violation bolstered his point: “It’s not a contribution if it’s intended for a purpose in addition to the campaign purpose.”
So, Rudy Giuliani admitted that one of the purposes of the hush money payments was to influence the Presidential campaign. Despite the other nonsense Rudy Giuliani spouted to defend against that, if the payments were made to influence the campaign, that makes them illegal. It doesn’t matter if there was another purpose:
The law does not say that a campaign finance violation exists only if the “sole purpose” of it is to affect a campaign. In fact, it says a contribution is “any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office.” This definition doesn’t carve out exceptions for things that were also for personal purposes (indeed, if that were the case, basically nothing would qualify). Instead, it says anything with a campaign benefit is a contribution.
The excuse that has been used by some of Trump’s defenders, that the payments were made not to affect the campaign, but instead to avoid embarrassing Melania, was nonsense anyway. The affairs Trump paid to keep quiet occurred several years before the 2016 election. Trump did not pay to keep those affairs quiet until a month or two before the election. The purpose of the payments was undoubtedly to keep the stories of those affairs from being made public right before the election. Everyone who is not dishonestly spinning for Trump knows that is the case. And now, Trump’s own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has confirmed it.
This is not the first time Rudy Giuliani has publicly admitted his client is guilty, either. It is actually the third time. Just a few days ago, while speaking to the Daily Beast for a story about those same hush money payments, Rudy Giuliani tried to defend his client by saying it wasn’t a “big crime”, implicitly admitting that it was some kind of crime:
Giuliani told The Daily Beast that the scandal involving Trump and payments to his alleged mistresses have been blown out of proportion.
“Nobody got killed, nobody got robbed. … This was not a big crime,” Giuliani said. “I think in two weeks they’ll start with parking tickets that haven’t been paid.”
That’s quite the stellar defense being employed by Trump’s lawyer: hey, nobody got killed. It’s doubtful that defense would hold up very well in a court of law, though.
Before that ridiculous defense, Rudy Giuliani also implicitly admitted in September that his client is guilty of crimes that are being investigated by Robert Mueller, when he indicated that Trump’s legal team will try to block the final report from the Mueller investigation from being made public, even though they do not know what is in the report yet, and even though, theoretically, but not likely, the final report from the Mueller investigation could actually exonerate the President:
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the administration may claim executive privilege to block Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from releasing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report when the investigation is finished, according to a New Yorker report.
Giuliani claims that President Donald Trump’s original legal team—which has undergone many mutations since—cut a deal with Mueller that that the White House can object to public dissemination of information from the probe on the grounds of executive privilege.
When asked if the White House is likely to invoke this clause, Giuliani was frank: “I’m sure we will.”
This basically amounted to an admission of guilt by Trump’s lawyer. They will try to block the Mueller investigation report, even though they don’t know yet what will be in it. They know they will try to block it, though, because they know that Trump is guilty.
So, now we have three separate times when Rudy Giuliani has admitted that Trump is guilty. People who are still supporting Trump might want to prepare for the fact that Donald Trump is indeed guilty.