Former prosecutor Solomon Wisenberg compared former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's (R) legal strategy to a murder-suicide on Thursday after Giuliani said in an interview that President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 he paid hush money to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.
"I liken it to a murder-suicide," Wisenberg told CNN's Dana Bash. "He metaphorically murdered the president and committed suicide with respect to his own reputation as a criminal defense attorney."
"It was an incredibly embarrassing interview. Look, when you're representing anybody, much less the president of the United States, you have to know that when you go on television and you make statements on his behalf, that's admissible in court. That's an admission by an agent if President Trump ever went into court," he said.
Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, contradicted Trump, who previously told reporters that he was not aware of the payment.
“It's not campaign money. No campaign finance violation. They funneled through a law firm and the president repaid it,” Giuliani told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Wednesday.
"He didn’t know about the specifics of it as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement, that Michael would take care of things like this," he said.
Trump defended the payment in a series of tweets on Thursday.
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair,......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018