Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said that thanks to Rudy Giuliani contradicting Trump’s story, the likelihood of getting Trump to testify under oath went up exponentially.
Avenatti was asked by Andrea Mitchell if Giuliani’s statements put Trump’s tax returns in play.
He answered, “I don’t know about the tax returns. That’s a possibility but I will say this and that is the likelihood of us ultimately having a chance to depose the president went up exponentially and there’s a much greater likelihood because of the ever changing stories and the admissions that have been made. We look forward to that day when someone has to raise their right hand and testify under oath as to what happened here as opposed to having one of their surrogates who aren’t ready for primetime go out on fox and friends and every show on fox that will happen and spew nonsense.”
Of all the ways that Giuliani has caused problems for Trump since last night, what Avenatti mention might be the White House’s biggest problem. Everyone around Trump is terrified of the idea of this president being placed under oath because they are certain that he will lie. Thanks to Rudy Giuliani, it is looking more and more likely that Trump will have to testify under oath in the case relating to his affair with Daniels.
The precedent established by Republicans during the Clinton impeachment is that a sitting president can be impeached for lying under oath in a civil matter. Republicans turned perjury into a high crime, so if Trump lies under oath, Democrats will be watching for another charge to add to their articles of impeachment.
If Trump testifies under oath, it could be the beginning of the end for the Trump presidency.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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