Rudy Giuliani has spent the last 5 years as Donald Trump’s bumbling sometimes lawyer. And every time the former New York City mayor tried to act on Trump’s behalf, he ended up humiliating himself.
The second time Donald Trump was impeached, it was his own fault. The former President’s lies about the election had stirred his supporters into a frenzy and they stormed the US Capitol.
The first time Trump was impeached, though, was kind of Rudy Giuliani’s fault. The bumbling lawyer had taken off to Ukraine and very openly tried to dig up dirt on Joe Biden‘s son, Hunter.
It’s hard to imagine anyone staining their reputation as bad as Rudy Giuliani has. At one point, he was a revered Mayor or one of the biggest cities in America.
Fast forward 20 years and the Trump lawyer was holding a news conference next to a sex shop. There was also the humiliating appearance in the latest Borat film.
At one point, Rudy Giuliani rode the success of his tenure as a US Attorney all the way to Gracie Mansion in New York. But things have drastically changed since he was one of America’s most revered mayors.
“Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed without evidence that the FBI raid of Rudy Giuliani’s home this week “shows a thirst, it seems, to get at” former President Donald Trump, whom Giuliani has often defended in his capacity as Trump’s personal attorney.
Speaking to Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, Rudy Giuliani, who this week had his home raided by federal agents as part of a federal investigation into his business dealings with Ukraine, spoke of his experience while evoking Hunter Biden.
On Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani’s home was raided by the FBI. And it looks like the former mayor of New York City could be in serious trouble.
During a recent interview, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen predicted that Giuliani would flip of the former President. Andrew Giuliani was asked if his father might consider doing that during a Thursday night appearance on CNN.
At one point, Rudy Giuliani was one of the most popular politicians in the country. He was lauded for his leadership during 9/11 and was considered a top candidate for higher office.
But that was a long time ago. Today, the former New York City Mayor is known as a bumbling Trump sycophant. Giuliani’s actions have toed the legal line for months.
What we need to recognize is that when returned these verdicts will not just tell us about these individual cases; they will foretell whether we are moving toward a political culture of accountability to the nation’s stated ideals.
Last night was a big one for Rudy Giuliani. The former New York City mayor was thanked during Sacha Baron Cohen’s Golden Globes Award speech. Of course, Cohen was being facetious when he called Giuliani a “comedy genius.”
And the months of embarrassment continued for Giuliani on Monday. The video streaming site, YouTube has suspended the sometimes Trump lawyer for pushing lies about the 2020 election.
A spokesperson for the website confirmed to The Hill that Giuliani has been suspended for two weeks for violating their “election integrity policy.”
The statement continued:
“We removed content from the Rudy W. Giuliani channel for violating our sale of regulated goods policy, which prohibits content facilitating the use of nicotine, and our presidential election integrity policy. Additionally, in accordance with our long standing strikes system, we issued a strike against the Rudy W. Giuliani channel, which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming.”
Former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani tried to dodge process server after Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against him for peddling the former president’s baseless conspiracy theories.
“After not responding to requests to waive service, Mr. Giuliani evaded in-person service of process for nearly a week,” said Tom Clare, an attorney for Dominion. “It took numerous attempts, at both his home and office, before we were able to successfully serve Mr. Giuliani on February 10.”
People from all corners of the political world came out to mourn Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday. Donald Trump broke his media silence by calling into Fox News, OAN and Newsmax.
Mike Pence remained silent after news broke that Donald Trump didn’t care about his or his family’s safety. But Pence used his Twitter account to mourn the passing of “a giant.”
Today America lost a Giant with the passing of Rush Limbaugh, and Karen and I send our most heartfelt sympathies to Kathryn, his brother David, and the millions of Americans who loved and cherished his incomparable voice. pic.twitter.com/tGlhCiY7g6
It will most likely not matter in the long run, but Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is not going well. While his lawyers have seemed unprepared, the Democratic impeachment managers have been making concise arguments.
Trump’s lawyers are in a reasonably tough spot. The evidence against their client is damning and they are struggling to argue their way out of it. Rudy Giuliani, who has also represented Trump in court, has a solution for them. The former New York City mayor thinks they should argue that the trial is illegitimate because the senators acting as the jury were also witnesses.
Giuliani made the comments during a Wednesday appearance on OAN. He told host Chanel Rion:
“I was very upset when — I think I believe — he (Trump lawyer Bruce Castor) basically said that the president’s argument about the — about fraud in the election was not., you know, really valid. I think they should put in all the evidence that they have for all of these different states that shows that when the president talks about this, whether you agree or not, the ultimate result should change. There was certainly a massive, massive amount of evidence that the press is making believe doesn’t exist.”
Rion then asked, “Mayor, Democrats are making this out to be like a judicial trial when there are basic rules they are breaking that would toss their case out immediately. Case in point, they are prosecuting a case when they themselves were the witnesses in that case. Doesn’t this compromise the fairness of a real trial.”
Giuliani answered, “Let’s assume this was an incitement to riot trial and a person showed up on the jury that was in the building at the time; that person would be thrown out and then disqualified immediately.”
In the months after Donald Trump’s election loss, many of the ex-president’s supporters attempted to find arguments that could overturn the results. And one of those main targets became Dominion voting machines.
Rudy Giuliani, who hosts a daily afternoon show on New York’s 77 Talk Radio WABC, was angered after WABC issued a disclaimer ahead of his program.
WABC said Giuliani’s views and those of “his guests and callers on his program are strictly their own, and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs or policies of WABC Radio.”
Giuliani has come under fire for his association with former President Donald Trump––Giuliani worked as Trump’s personal attorney––but especially so in the wake of the Capitol insurrection. Giuliani appeared at a rally ahead of the attack, which resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer who later died of his injuries, and encouraged attendees to stop the electoral certification of President Joe Biden‘s election win.
Giuliani was also recently named as one of the defendants in a defamation lawsuit filed by voting system company Smartmatic against Fox News, which is requesting $2.7 billion in damages from the corporation, which allowed Giuliani and others named in its suit to spread falsehoods about the election.
He was rather miffed by the disclaimer.
“I would have thought they would have told me about that before just doing what they just did. Rather insulting. And gives you a sense of how far this free speech thing has gone. And how they frighten everybody. I mean, we’re in America, we’re not in East Germany,” he said.
“They’ve got to warn you about me? I’m going to have to give that a lot of consideration. I also think putting it on without telling me ― not the right thing to do. Not the right thing to do at all,” he added.
— Media Matters (@mmfa) February 4, 2021
Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, alleging he defamed the company by continuing to push the lie that the election was stolen.
The 107-page lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in Washington and seeks damages of more than $1.3 billion. It cites more than 50 statements Giuliani “made at legislative hearings, on Twitter, on his podcast and in the conservative news media, where he spun a fictitious narrative of a plot by one of the biggest voting machine manufacturers in the country to flip votes to President Biden,” according to The New York Times.
Scoop: Dominion Voting Systems has sued Rudy Giuliani for his false claims over the election.
Seeking $1.3 billion.
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc)
January 25, 2021
From 2016 through 2017, FBI Director James Comey played a massive role in American politics. Just weeks before the election, he sent a letter about Hillary Clinton’s emails to Congress. This may have cost her the election.
After Trump was elected, he demanded loyalty from Comey and fired him after the he declined. Over the last few years, Comey has attempted to rebuild his reputation on cable news.
The former FBI Director expounded on his relationship with Trump during a recent radio appearance with Dan Abrams. The host asked, “Have you ever thought about suing President Trump or his allies for some of the things that have been said about you?”
“Actually it’s funny you should ask that,” Comey replied. “Yes. Occasionally it has popped in my head, and I decided it’s not worth giving them the attention that would involve, or giving them the space in my head that that would require. I’d rather just not follow him on Twitter. He said so many things that were false and defamatory about me that would have been actionable, and I just thought, I wonder if I should sue the bastard?” Comey recalled. “And then decided, you know what, it’s not worth giving him that airtime, which he craves, and letting him in my head that much.”
Donald Trump had high hopes this election season. He, of course, believed deep down he would defeat Joe Biden. And even if he didn’t, he would assemble a crack team of lawyers who could help him win.
And Trump did have some impressive legal firms ready to represent him post election. The problem was, however, that Trump lost the election by a lot. And once the bad press came in, the prestigious legal teams began to walk away.
So Trump was left with his long-time ally and friend, Rudy Giuliani, along with conspiracy theorists like Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis and Joe DeGenova. The “Elite Strike Force” legal team regularly got their clocks cleaned in court.
And the ringleader of the circus was Rudy Giuliani. From holding a press conference next to a sex shop, to introducing witnesses that were seemingly drunk, the former New York City Mayor has provided non-stop embarrassment.
The humiliation of his loss is beginning to sink in for Donald Trump. Not only will he soon leave the White House, his business empire is destroyed and he’s facing legal jeopardy in New York City. And he’s certainly not happy with Giuliani.
According to a report from the Washington Post:
“Trump has instructed aides not to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, two officials said, and has demanded that he personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred while traveling on the president’s behalf to challenge election results in key states. They said Trump has privately expressed concern with some of Giuliani’s moves and did not appreciate a demand from Giuliani for $20,000 a day in fees for his work attempting to overturn the election.”
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is looking to remove Rudy Giuliani from its membership, citing his involvement in inciting last week’s attack against the Capitol.
“Thankfully, Congress overcame this assault and fulfilled its constitutional responsibility in certifying the Biden-Harris victory. However, we must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident, the blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump,” NYSBA said in a release.
“But the president did not act alone. Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud in the presidential election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs,” the organization continued, noting that it
has “received hundreds of complaints in recent months about Mr. Giuliani and his baseless efforts on behalf of President Trump to cast doubt on the veracity of the 2020 presidential election and, after the votes were cast, to overturn its legitimate results.”