President Trump should fire his personal attorney, Rudy Guiliani, before his lawyer gets him convicted in an impeachment trial. This is my personal opinion, and doesn’t speak for Erick or any of the other writers here at The Resurgent.
But look at the facts as we know them so far.
- Giuliani had been pressing Ukrainian leaders on getting dirt on Joe Biden’s son.
- Giuliani inconsistently characterized meetings in Spain as representing the government, and also representing his client, Donald Trump.
- He said on “Face The Nation” that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knew about his outreach.
“I did not do this on my own. I did it at the request of the State Department and I have all of the text messages to prove it. And I also have a thank you from them from doing a good job,” Giuliani said on “Face the Nation.” “When I talked to the secretary last week, he said he was aware of it.”Giuliani says Pompeo told him he was aware of Ukraine outreach, CBS News, September 29, 2019
- Guiliani has the ear, and the trust, of Donald Trump. The advice he’s given the president has been damaging.
- Trump’s own words to Ukraine President Zelensky, even with an implied quid-pro-quo, can reasonably be argued as a matter of national interest given the results of the Russia probe, but not in the context of Giuliani’s role and actions.
- The additional restrictions of transcripts and summaries of some of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders can be justifiably explained as a reaction to earlier embarrassing leaks, but not in light of Giuliani leading up the effort.
- Giuliani told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would not cooperate with any impeachment inquiry, then immediately contradicted himself, “I didn’t say that. I said I would consider it.”
I’ll grant you that the media and Democrats are a very unfriendly and hostile environment, ready to twist words and pounce on any missteps. Guiliani is a walking misstep, a human stubbed toe for the White House. He is a liability.
Even Giuliani’s own former top aides in the Department of Justice believe he’s off his game–or off his rocker.
“This is certainly not the Giuliani that I know,” said Jeffrey Harris, who worked as Giuliani’s top assistant when he was at the Justice Department in the President Ronald Reagan administration. “I think the Giuliani that I know would prosecute the Giuliani of today.”Rudy Giuliani’s former DOJ colleagues believe he committed crimes in pushing Biden probe, NBC News, September 27, 2019
This is more damning, in the context of the very anti-Trump NBC’s disclosure: “NBC News reached out to seven former colleagues of Giuliani’s. Of the six who offered comments on or off the record, none defended him.”
In August of last year, Giuliani’s ex-wife went on record with New York Magazine‘s Tish Durkin to say “he has become a different man.” Obviously, a word from someone’s ex-wife should be taken with a whole bag of salt (“She’s a detestable person,” offers one associate. “She’d cut your throat for a dollar.”). Yet Judith Giuliani is fairly convincing and not hysterical or mudslinging in her earnest conclusion that something is different about Rudy.
He’s certainly not the man who steadied a nation during and after 9/11. He’s certainly not the man who was a close friend of John McCain. Giuliani is more like the caricature of himself who ran for president in 2008 and lost despite an early polling and funding lead on then-candidate McCain (who he then endorsed).
It seems that these days, Giuliani is no longer steady, but adrift, unable to know what to say even in answer to the most basic questions.
He will almost certainly be subpoenaed to appear before the House Intelligence Committee, under oath. He will, by his public statements, generate a long list of other subpoenas which will then need to be coordinated with his own statements, which themselves are contradictory. Which ones will he testify to as true?
I don’t think President Trump can count on Rudy Giuliani to say the right thing, or any thing that can help him any more. This is sad, because a few decades ago, Rudy was a hero, a crimefighter, an organizer (not of the community variety), and a politically savvy and competent lawyer. Today he appears to be none of those things, and in fact the opposite of all of them.
The faster the president, the White House, and the cabinet disassociate themselves from Giuliani and his auto-firing loose cannon, the better. It’s time for Rudy Giuliani to take a quiet retirement and bask in his former glory, before he gets the current president impeached and removed from office.
That is certainly not the legacy any American would choose in remembering Rudy Giuliani.