By all appearances, Rudy Giuliani's role on Donald Trump's legal defense team is that of a spokesperson more than a lawyer. The former mayor's job, as best as we can tell, does not entail a significant amount of hands-on legal representation.
The trouble, of course, is that Giuliani appears to be a horrible spokesperson for the president.
On Friday, in response to a controversial report from BuzzFeed, Trump and his team faced new questions about whether the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Yesterday, Giuliani insisted that Trump did no such thing, though Giuliani raised the prospect of the president having spoken with Cohen about his congressional testimony before it occurred.
"And so what if he talked to him about it?" Giuliani asked. He added that such a conversation would be "perfectly normal."
I'll gladly let legal experts speak to this with authority, but as a rule, when Congress is engaged in an investigation, a sitting president would avoid having conversations with material witnesses about their testimony ahead of a hearing.
But that was just the start of Giuliani's highly problematic day.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow remained an "active proposal" as late as November of 2016, leaving open the possibility that Trump's family-led company continued to pursue the business deal up until the presidential election, months later than previously known.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Giuliani said the president has told him he can "remember having conversations" with his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about the project well into 2016.
Giuliani told NBC News' Chuck Todd that the Trump Tower Moscow discussions "went on throughout 2016," adding, "Probably could be up to as far as October, November."
Giuliani went on to tell the New York Times that the president told him that the Trump Tower Moscow talks were "going on from the day I announced to the day I won."
That's not close to Trump World's previous timeline of events.