President Donald Trump and his new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani think Americans are “stupid” as they almost regularly alter their narrative about how adult film star Stephanie Clifford—also known as Stormy Daniels—was paid, according to the attorney representing her.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti chastised the president and the former New York City mayor on Friday after both appeared to roll back their explanation of the $130,000 payment to Clifford over the last few days.
Avenatti, who frequently challenges Trump on Twitter, was responding to the statement Giuliani issued Friday afternoon in order to clarify comments he’d made over the last few days.
“Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Trump are making it up as they go along. Never before has that old adage been more appropriate: “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” - W. Scott. How stupid do they think all of us are? #basta,” Avenatti tweeted.
The lawyer has maintained his attacks on Trump for months now, and even suggested the president would be forced to resign over the payment to Clifford.
Giuliani shocked the political world when he told Fox News Wednesday that Trump had reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen, who arranged a nondisclosure agreement and payment with Clifford less than two weeks before the 2016 election.
Giuliani made several statements that legal experts and the president’s critics said could prove problematic to Trump. Most claimed that Cohen ostensibly made an illegal campaign contribution that benefited Trump’s victory.
In his latest statement, on Friday, Giuliani reiterated his stance that the payment to Clifford was not a “campaign violation” and that the payment was made “to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the president’s family.” He added: “[The payment] would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”
Giuliani also went after former FBI director James Comey, calling him “an inferior executive officer,” and saying Trump had the constitutionally granted powers to fire him. Comey’s dismissal was reportedly one aspect of the special counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia to win the 2016 election.
Trump told reporters Friday that Giuliani had only started to work for him the day before, and that the former federal prosecutor will eventually “get his facts straight.”
The president also said he had never denied having knowledge of the payment to Daniels, despite video of him issuing a denial to reporters aboard Air Force One last month.
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