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The deeper the president is immersed in his moral and legal morass, the more he is in need of solid legal advice. His problem is that he only seems able to find fixers, Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and presidential aspirant, being the latest. Rudy was called in to clean up the mess Michael Cohen left behind when it was clear that the president not only knew of $130,000 in hush money to a porn star, but that the total may have been $470,000, drawn on his family account.

Of course, there were the usual denials, each proving more mendacious than the one before. And while close advisers in the White House tried to defend the indefensible, the new lawyer stunned the media by admitting that additional hush money may have been paid to other women. What was Rudy up to — trying to prove that the expenses were legal, and not connected to the election campaign or Russian involvement? But Rudy himself did not seem to know where he stood or where to go. In fact, his "confounding and contradictory statements" (Democrat-Herald, May 7) conveyed the sense of a continued strategy of equivocation and cover-up.

Franz Schneider

Albany ((May 9)

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