Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is admitting to having made a ‘mistake or two’ in his aggressive representation of the president known for freewheeling TV appearances.
‘You probably can’t do this without making a mistake or two,’ he told the New York Times.
He then noted that the notoriously tight-lipped special counsel, Robert Mueller, has seen his disapproval ratings spike under his own and Trump’s attacks.
‘You probably can’t do this without making a mistake or two,’ said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York
‘Mueller is now slightly more distrusted than trusted, and Trump is a little ahead of the game,’ Giuliani said – indicating that his strategy isn’t just about putting legal points on the board.
Giuliani also pointed to ‘mistakes’ during a TV appearance following the admission that Trump did in fact dictate the statement following the initial revelations about a Trump Tower meeting with Russians.
‘You think maybe somebody could have made a mistake?’ Giuliani said. ‘It was a mistake. I swear to God, it was a mistake,’ the former New York mayor added.
Team Trump had initially said Trump had no role in the misleading statement, but his lawyers later wrote in a letter he dictated a ‘short but accurate’ about the meeting, a focus for special counsel Robert Mueller.
President-elect Donald Trump greets Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.
In other appearances, the former U.S. attorney compared FBI agents to ‘stormtroopers’ and compared fired former FBI Director James Comey to Judas.
In June he called longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen an ‘honest, honorable lawyer.’ But weeks later, following the release of a secretly taped conversation involving Cohen and Trump discussing payment to a former Playboy model, he called Cohen an ‘incredible liar.’
Some reports on Cohen’s state of mind say Giuliani’s appearances helped persuade him to plead guilty to eight counts, shifting from a loyal defender who once said he would ‘take a bullet’ for Trump.
The Times story states that Giuliani spent a month at Mar-a-Lago after his own 2008 presidential primary loss.
After he joined Trump’s team in May, Giuliani said the president fired James Comey because he wouldn’t say Trump wasn’t a target of an investigation – an admission that could potentially play into an obstruction of justice case.