Legal scholar and longtime friend of the president Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that Rudy Giuliani, the latest addition to President Trump’s legal team, is making matters worse as he continues speaking out on news media.
The Harvard Law professor emeritus and informal Trump adviser added that Giuliani’s recent media appearances resulted in “a very bad week for the Trump team.”
“The Trump team has to speak with a single narrative. They have to get their story clearly set out. It has to be put in writing,”Dershowitz told Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's “Meet the Press.” “It shouldn't be put on television shows off the cuff.”
Dershowitz said Giuliani – a former prosecutor himself – should know better and that he is “playing into” the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Giuliani began his rounds with the media on Fox News last week, where he openly contradicted the official story that Trump was unaware of the $130,000 payment by his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election.
Giuliani also contradicted the White House narrative surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, saying that Trump let him go in part because Comey refused to state publicly that the president was not a criminal target of the Russia investigation.
After Giuliani's initial interview, Trump told reporters that due to the lawyer only recently joining his legal team, Giuliani was speaking without full understanding of the situation but would be up to speed in time.
However, that time appears to linger in the future: Over the past several days, Giuliani has continued to make matters worse as he attempts to fix his missteps, leading some to question why he continues speaking with the media.