As Rudy Giuliani’s crimes catch up with him, the former New York City mayor appears to be trying to throw Donald Trump under the bus.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber pointed out on Monday that Giuliani is now saying that whatever he did with respect to Ukraine was done at the direction of the president. In other words, he is basically telling investigators to look at Trump, not him.
“That sure sounds like the president’s lawyer throwing him under the bus,” Melber said.
The MSNBC host added that it likely won’t save Giuliani: “The president does have something of a get out of jail free card when it comes to prosecutions while he is in office … but it is not transferrable to his lawyer.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 14, 2019
This Ukraine story has upended Giuliani and his client, unlike any other issue. Two Giuliani business associates indicted just last week. And it’s not the first time, this is important, someone close to Giuliani has been indicted for actions in this murky gray area between politicking and business and, yes, alleged corruption. Giuliani’s firm used to be called Giuliani Kerick, named after the police commissioner he appointed. They changed the name after Kerick was indicted several times and convicted on tax fraud and lying to federal officials. Another longtime business partner just left Giuliani’s current company saying it has nothing to do, however, with this scandal. Giuliani admits he was pushing for a Biden probe in Ukraine, the very thing the House may impeach on. But after this story just broke Friday about him being under criminal investigation, he tells the New York Times whatever he did, he did because he was, quote, representing the president and therefore shouldn’t be prosecuted under these foreign lobbying laws. First, that sure sounds like the president’s lawyer throwing him under the bus. Second, the president does have something of a get out of jail free card when it comes to prosecutions while he is in office. We’ve all been talking about that. But it is not transferrable to his lawyer. Giuliani has long sought proximity to the White House and in Trump, after this hesitation period, looks like he found someone who viewed Giuliani’s alleged shortcomings more like assets, perhaps because they have a few things in common. Think about this. The blatant mixing of government and business right up to the line of indictment when it comes to his associates. Public advocacy performed through televised spectacle, and all of this talk of being tough on crime, but only for other people. That’s why the record Giuliani has been invoking for his rise rings so hollow to so many today.
Giuliani and Trump are cut from the same corrupt cloth
The reason that Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump are so close is that they are cut from the same corrupt cloth.
As Ari Melber pointed out on Monday, they both have no problem with the “blatant mixing of government and business right up to the line of indictment.”
Trump and Giuliani also talk a good game about fighting crime, but they constantly engage in unethical and corrupt behavior while surrounding themselves with criminals. There are pictures to prove it.
While Giuliani is hoping he can use Trump as cover for his crimes, it’s unlikely to succeed. The president may have some protection from criminal charges and indictments while he’s in office, but sleazeball lawyers do not.