Dean called Giuliani a “PR lawyer”.
Former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, John Dean, told CNN’s Don Lemon that Rudy Giuliani is “deluding” Trump about the extent of trouble the president is in.
Dean’s statements came in response to the revelation that special counsel Robert Mueller is not planning to pursue a jail term for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, as reported by the BBC. In a memo released ahead of Flynn’s sentencing on December 18, Mueller maintained that Flynn had provided “substantial assistance” in the criminal probe regarding Trump transition team’s contacts with Russian government officials and as a result should not be incarcerated for lying to the FBI earlier.
Flynn had admitted lying to the agency when he was asked about having discussed lifting US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. But in the memo, large parts of which were redacted, Mueller wrote that his office would not pursue incarceration for Flynn owing to his previously “exemplary” record, and because of him having “accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government”.
A number of experts speculate that Mueller is not playing all his cards, with it being likely that Trump’s transition team was in contact with Russian government officials. Trump’s leading attorney, Rudy Giuliani, however, dismissed the revelations in a mocking response, once again underlining the president’s initial line of defense of the special counsel investigation being a “witch hunt”.
“If he [Flynn] had information to share with Mueller that hurt the president, you would know it by now. There’s a Yiddish word that fits. They don’t have bupkis.”
Former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, John Dean, however, questioned Giuliani’s response on CNN, saying he was only a “PR lawyer” who was “deluding” the president by not communicating to Trump the gravity of the investigation’s progress and the subsequent trouble he may find himself in.
“I think it looks very bad,” Dean told Lemon about the possibilities arising from the Flynn filing.
“I think the first signal between the lines — really stands out — is his ‘substantial’ cooperation, which has to cause a lot of heartburn in the White House. I think the fact that there are clearly three very live investigations going on is going to also trouble him.
The fact that Rudy Giuliani just dismisses it really surprises me. I think he’s spinning it the wrong way — he may be deluding his own client in doing so.”
Dean also dismissed Giuliani as Trump’s “PR lawyer,” saying the “real” White House counsel is Emmet Flood, who won’t go on television and would instead argue his case in the courtroom. Lamenting the fact that Trump, however, seemed to get most of his information from what Giuliani said on television, Dean concluded that the president was being led to believe that he wasn’t in trouble, which is not at all the case.
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