Former United States Attorney Michael Moore took to Fox News on Monday, criticizing Former New York City Mayor and current head lawyer of President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani.
Moore’s rebuke comes as Trump’s and his counsel escalate attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump presidential campaign.
Moore said that Mueller may take some hits in the court of public opinion due to his silence (per Justice Department protocol) against Trump's accusations, but that ultimately, the Trump administration would most likely lose all together.
We’ve heard from the president’s tweets about the 13 angry Democrats, we’ve heard about Mueller… remember that at the end of the day, a number of federal judges and a number of individual citizens who are grand jurors have determined that there was meddling in the election and that Russia was hacking. Indictments have been issued. There have been indictments against in the administration and the campaign. That’s a problem. All they can do is play the court of public opinion because they’re losing in all the courts of law.
As a result, Trump appears to be getting more desperate in his attempts to discredit the investigation through Twitter. Last month, he unleashed 35 tweets berating the Special Counsel and the FBI.
This morning, he unleashed another set of tweets, this time targeted at the recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok for his anti-Trump sentiments, despite the disciplinary wing of the FBI only recommending a 60 day suspension followed by a demotion. Strzok's anti-Trump messages have been a common talking point for Trump and his counsel in an attempt to show that the investigation operates on a bias against him.
He also decried Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia probe (much to Trump's chagrin) after undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador were brought to light.
Rudy Giuliani is proving to be almost as detrimental to Trump as Trump himself.
Giuliani made waves last month when he asserted that collusion is not a crime. While "collusion" may not be the exact word used in the federal code, conspiracy with a foreign government to undermine an election absolutely is a crime.
Giuliani also abruptly changed course regarding his statements on former Trump lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen. After Cohen's offices were raided and he was said to be in talks with the Special Counsel, Giuliani insisted that Cohen was an honest man and would tell Mueller the truth.
When Cohen released tapes of him and Trump discussing hush payments to a Playboy model with whom Trump allegedly had an affair, Giuliani reversed his position:
He has lied all his life… a person who is found to be an incredible liar, he’s got a tremendous motive to lie now… I don’t think anyone believes that.
As former Attorney Michael Moore expressed on Fox News, it appears Trump and his ilk are, in fact, losing in the court of public opinion, with his tweet storm this morning exacerbating his already embattled presidency.
If the Russia probe or Trump's increasingly unhinged mental fortitude will be his presidency's undoing is yet to be seen, but as far as the court of public opinion goes, his presidency to many is no longer legitimate.