Rudy Giuliani “swatted away a report that he is a contender to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said Sessions made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation,” CNN reports.
President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to replace him, Mike Allen reports.
“Giuliani would have a tough time getting 50 Republicans senators to vote to confirm him. He was such an early and ardent Trump backer that he wouldn’t be seen as an independent guardian of the department in these tumultuous times.”
“In fact, the nomination could be seen as Trump throwing gasoline on a fire. And Giuliani’s stop-and-frisk police policy as New York mayor, and clients since then, also would be controversial with many senators.”
Rudy Giuliani told The Atlantic that “he is not up for consideration to replace FBI Director James Comey, whose firing by President Trump set off a political maelstrom on Tuesday.”
Said Giuliani: “I’m not a candidate for FBI director. The president’s not gonna ask me and I’m not gonna be FBI director.”
Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that Donald Trump came to him for guidance on implementing a so-called “Muslim ban” and from that, he helped construct the controversial order crippling international travel from predominantly Muslim countries, the New York Daily News reports.
“The ex-NYC mayor said he pitched the ban, not as a religious prohibition, but one focused on danger.
Said Giuliani: “I’ll tell you the whole history of it. When he first announced it, he said ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up, he said ‘put a commission together, show me the right way to do it, legally.'”
Rudy Giuliani said President-elect Donald Trump “didn’t forget about him when forming his administration,” The Hill reports.
Said Giuliani: “He offered me some cabinet positions, which I’m very very thankful for. It just didn’t work out.”
He added: “And at 72 years old, there was only one challenge I thought that really was left for me. The others wouldn’t have been a challenge.”
Rudy Giuliani, a longtime Donald Trump ally, will not be serving in the president-elect’s administration, The Hill reports.
“Giuliani has removed himself from consideration for any position in the new administration, the Trump transition team announced Friday. He was rumored to be in the mix to be secretary of State.”
Politico: “Giuliani had previously publicly campaigned for the post and it was not immediately clear why he had withdrawn. The transition team said that he withdrew on November 29.”
First Read: “Every day, it seems that Donald Trump’s secretary of state list keeps expanding — yesterday was Jon Huntsman’s turn in the spotlight. But here is something to chew on: Is this expanding list all about helping Rudy Giuliani, the original frontrunner for the job? Every time that someone new is examined (whether Huntsman or Mitt Romney or David Petraeus or that Exxon-Mobil CEO), does that help Giuliani’s case?”
The Daily Beast notes that two days before FBI Director James Comey’s announcement last week about new Clinton emails found, Rudy Giuliani hinted at “big surprises” on Fox News:
“I think he’s got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises. We’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around.”
Here’s the video:
“I was U.S. attorney and assistant to the U.S. attorney for too many years to laugh at Mrs. Clinton. When I see her, I see her in an orange jumpsuit, I’m sorry, or at least a striped one.”
— Rudy Giuliani, quoted by CNN.
Rudy Giuliani said that Democrats “are more likely to promote voter fraud than Republicans, citing elections in the cities of Chicago and Philadelphia as examples,” Politico reports.
Said Giuliani: “I’ve found very few situations where Republicans cheat. They don’t control the inner cities the way Democrats do. Maybe if Republicans controlled the inner cities, they’d do as much cheating as Democrats.”
He added: “I’m sorry. Dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans.”
Rudy Giuliani suggested that a man such as Donald Trump would be a better president “than a woman,” according to Politico.
Said Giuliani: “Don’t you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman, and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI checking out her emails.”
Rudy Giuliani said that Hillary Clinton’s decision to stand by her husband after news of his extramarital affair broke in 1998 proves that the former secretary of state is “too stupid to be president,” Politico reports.
Said Giuliani: “The president of the United States, her husband, disgraced this country with what he did in the Oval Office and she didn’t just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn’t know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you’re too stupid to be president.”
Rudy Giuliani floated the prospect of Donald Trump not participating in further general election debates, after what he believes was inappropriate meddling by moderator Lester Holt, The Hill reports.
Said Giuliani: “If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn’t participate in another debate unless I was promised the journalist would act like a journalist, and not an ignorant fact check.”