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Washington (CNN) The tornado that was Rudy Giuliani's media appearances this week -- plus personnel changes to President's Donald Trump's legal team -- may signal a drastic change in how Trump will approach his legal strategy as the Russia investigation and a probe into Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen swirl around the President.
Trump's legal team now consists of several accomplished attorneys with extremely disparate personalities. While Giuliani, who besides his political career is a former federal top prosecutor in Manhattan, captivated journalists with disclosures about Trump this week, three fresh lawyers who've shunned media attention are positioned to handle serious legal work to protect the President.
Many predict that Giuliani, as the face of the team, will seize opportunities to make news on TV and that he will be more aggressive toward special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Playing nice hasn't gotten them anywhere," a source familiar with the team said, going on to describe Giuliani as a "professional assassin."
Yet Giuliani's comments to Fox News about Trump's legal situations this week appeared to complicate the President's story. CNN reported Thursday that members of Trump's legal team -- which also includes a cluster of unofficial advisers, largely from Trump's New York social circle -- were caught by surprise when Giuliani spoke about Stormy Daniels, disclosing that Trump had reimbursed Michael Cohen for the adult film star's hush agreement.
The lack of clarity continued Friday, when Trump said Giuliani should "get his facts straight," and then the former New York mayor released a statement about what he said on Fox News, but didn't say who ultimately paid Daniels $130,000.
Other sources with knowledge of Giuliani's approach said his comments may have been planned to get ahead of the development if it were to leak. Aside from the drama of the Cohen investigation, which appears to be playing out in New York, Mueller's team and Trump's lawyers in Washington have been in talks about an interview between the special counsel and the President.
White House counsel Donald McGahn and his attorney Bill Burck, who is friends with Flood, lobbied Flood last weekend to join the President's team, according to a person familiar with the interaction. To make his case, Burck paraphrased the movie "The Dark Knight," telling Flood that he's Batman, the hero that Gotham -- the country -- deserves, this person said.
Flood leaves his law firm Williams & Connolly, among Washington's most elite trial powerhouses and which still represent the Clintons, to take the job. As of Friday -- two days into Giuliani's coup -- it wasn't clear whether Flood had started working at the White House yet.
A Chicagoan who early in his career taught high school English, Flood is a "tightly wrapped " individual who "couldn't get any further away from Trump's personality," according to a source familiar with the situation. Flood and his former law firm have been notoriously silent in response to media inquiries for years, and he did not respond to requests for comment this week.
Flood also served in a role similar to the position he's in now during George W. Bush's administration. In that role, he directed the White House's response to investigations.
John Dowd exiting and the husband-and-wife duo of Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova never securing the job. Sekulow added Giuliani and now may step back, according to sources familiar with the team.
Martin and Jane Raskin of Coral Gables, Florida, signed on to Trump's personal legal team about two weeks ago.
The Raskins, brought aboard after several top Washington lawyers turned down working for Trump, couldn't be more different from Giuliani. "They're not grandstanders," Sale said. Another Florida white collar lawyer who knows both the Raskins and Giuliani described the couple similarly, as "not showboats."
"You're not going to hear speeches about the government being crazy from them," the lawyer said.
Still, Giuliani will likely work closely with the Raskins, who are well-respected especially among Florida lawyers for their criminal defense work.
"Behind the scenes, anybody as smart as Rudy knows you need to brainstorm with other people on your team and make it a collaborative effort," Sale said.
The Raskins have specialized in criminal defense, primarily in Florida federal court, for years. They've cut plea deals for clients, defended people caught in conspiracy and fraud investigations, and run their own firm out of Coral Gables, almost two hours south of Mar-a-Lago, where they met with Trump last month, according to The Washington Post. Jane Raskin worked decades ago with Mueller and with James Quarles, a prosecutor negotiating the interview with Trump.
"One thing about the Raskins is they're very easy to work with," said the lawyer who's friendly with them, declining to give his name or law firm.
North Korea: Trump ruining good mood ahead of summit
North Korea warned the United States on Sunday not to misread peace overtures as a sign of weakness, accusing the Trump administration of deliberately provoking Pyongyang with tough talk and a show of military strength.
"It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the U.S. miscalculates the peace-loving intention of the DPRK (North Korea) as a sign of 'weakness' and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats," a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry told the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The criticism came weeks before a much-anticipated summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It also came after last month's historic meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
At that meeting, Kim pledged to work toward denuclearizing the peninsula and to dismantle his nuclear missile testing site. He also agreed to move his nation's clocks forward by 30 minutes to correspond to South Korea's time zone, an action that took place Saturday.
Despite the gains, the North Korean spokesman on Sunday accused the Trump administration of misleading the public by claiming Pyongyang is motivated by fear of U.S. military strength and concerns about aggressive economic sanctions put in place because of the North's nuclear and missile programs.
Movement of U.S. military assets into the region and talk of human rights violations also have hurt the process, the spokesman said. South Korea's Yonhap news agency suggested the military assets include eight U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets recently sent to participate in the annual joint South Korea-U.S. air training.
"This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one," the spokesman said.
2018-05-06 19:03:19 来源： 新华网
Trump's new lawyer Rudy Giuliani was interviewed by ABC, looks like he either forgot his medicine, or he was on drugs!!!
(CNN) The arc of Donald Trump's universe is short and it bends toward annoyance.
Witness Rudy Giuliani.
The former New York City mayor has only been on the job as a member of the President's legal team for 19 days and, already, the big guy is starting to chafe.
Here's CNN's Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak and Jeff Zeleny:
Trump has grown irritated by Giuliani's performances and the headaches he has caused as contradictory statements between the two flash across the chyrons on his screen.
The President was initially pleased with his new attorney's brashness, but that has steadily eroded as the parade of interviews has continued. Trump was irked by Giuliani's interview on ABC News Sunday, particularly the clip of Giuliani refusing to rule out him pleading the Fifth Amendment, which has since played on a near-constant loop on cable television.
Now, sub out "Giuliani" above and put in "Scott Pruitt." Or "David Schulkin." Or "Rex Tillerson." Or "Tom Price." Or "Steve Bannon." Or "H.R. McMaster."
On and on it goes. And the pattern is crystal clear: Trump goes through a rapid boom/bust cycle with everyone who works for him that is not related to him. As his presidency has gone on, the time between boom and bust grows shorter and shorter.
Giuliani is, again, instructive here.
When he was brought onto Trump's legal team -- way back on April 19 -- the President was enamored with him. Giuliani was a practiced hand at the cable TV battles. He had known Trump for years. They were peers -- power-brokers from the only city that matters.
Giuliani, puffed up by the President's confidence in him, decides to go on Sean Hannity's show. Safe ground, he figures, as Hannity has been without question the major cable TV personality most willing to do Trump's bidding from the start.
And then, perhaps overconfident and with his guard let down, Giuliani lets slip that Trump reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels 11 days before the election. He also said that Trump had fired James Comey because the former FBI director had refused to promise the President that he wasn't a target of the investigation into Russia meddling into the 2016 election.
It was in that moment that Giuliani's honeymoon period with Trump ended. (It's sort of like the moment when Lisa breaks Ralph's heart on "The Simpsons.")
Neither of them may have realized it in that moment, but the torrent of headlines that emerged from Giuliani's disastrous interview were destined to spark Trump's ire.
The President hates two things most of all: 1) Bad headlines for him that he doesn't generate and 2) People who work for him getting more headlines than him. The Giuliani situation checks both of those boxes.
Rather than sit a few plays out, Giuliani just kept giving interviews -- to CNN, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and, hell, to The Hill. He talked and talked and talked. He promised that three American prisoners were being released by North Korea. (They haven't been.) And then on Sunday he sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos -- and said that he assumed Cohen made payments to other women like Daniels and that he couldn't be sure whether Trump wouldn't plead the 5th if called to testify by special counsel Robert Mueller.
And now, this reporting from CNN and other outlets suggesting that Trump is souring on Giuiliani.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat. (Literally. Just ask Scott Pruitt.)
Giuliani may well survive this latest dip in the eyes of Trump. While Trump tires of people quickly, he also loves the drama of a second act or a comeback. Or a third act.
Donald Trump misspells Melania's name in 'welcome home' tweet
The US President calls his wife Melanie as he thanks people for their best wishes while she was treated for a kidney condition.
11:38, UK,Sunday 20 May 2018
Image:Melania Trump and her husband Donald