“I don’t care about my legacy. I’ll be dead.”
— Rudy Giuliani, in an interview with the New Yorker.
“I don’t care about my legacy. I’ll be dead.”
— Rudy Giuliani, in an interview with the New Yorker.
Jeffrey Toobin: “Since joining Trump’s team, Giuliani has greeted every new development as a vindication, even when he’s had to bend and warp the evidence in front of him. Like Trump, he characterizes the Mueller probe as a ‘witch hunt’ and the prosecutors as ‘thugs.’ He has, in effect, become the legal auxiliary to Trump’s Twitter feed, peddling the same chaotic mixture of non sequiturs, exaggerations, half-truths, and falsehoods. Giuliani, like the President, is not seeking converts but comforting the converted.”
“This has come at considerable cost to his reputation. As a prosecutor, Giuliani was the sheriff of Wall Street and the bane of organized crime. As mayor, he was the law-and-order leader who kicked ‘squeegee men’ off the streets of New York. Now he’s a talking head spouting nonsense on cable news. But this version of Giuliani isn’t new; Trump has merely tapped into tendencies that have been evident all along.”
“Trump learned about law and politics from his mentor Roy Cohn, the notorious sidekick to Joseph McCarthy who, as a lawyer in New York, became a legendary brawler and used the media to bash adversaries. In the early months of his Presidency, as Mueller’s investigation was getting under way, Trump is said to have raged, ‘Where’s my Roy Cohn?’ In Giuliani, the President has found him.”
Rudy Giuliani told the Daily Beast that President Trump’s legal team is crafting a “counter-report” that will seek to delegitimize special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and present countervailing arguments.
Said Giuliani: “The first half of it is 58 pages, and second half isn’t done yet… It needs an executive summary if it goes over a hundred.”
“Giuliani said that Trump’s legal team had not conducted any original interviews or investigation for their current draft.”
President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani “was being paid by a global consulting firm when he sent a letter to the president of Romania last week that contradicted the U.S. government’s official position,” Politico reports.
“You probably can’t do this without making a mistake or two. Mueller is now slightly more distrusted than trusted, and Trump is a little ahead of the game. So I think we’ve done really well. And my client’s happy.”
— Rudy Giuliani, in an interview with the New York Times.
Rudy Giuliani said that President Trump’s lawyers have not heard back from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office in nearly three weeks, CNN reports.
Said Giuliani: “I figured we wouldn’t hear until after the Manafort trial, but we still haven’t.”
He said Mueller’s office has told them it is “still studying” the latest letter from Trump’s team, which Giuliani said was only five to six pages.
He added: “I have to figure they’re planning something.”
Rudy Giuliani “detailed for the first time his strategy for representing the president, in blunt and divisively political terms,” the New York Times reports.
He said that he believes that since Trump is essentially having his day in court, in real time, his “jury is the public.”
The aggressive defense “starts with his base, then it stretches out to independents — then to Democrats”… He readily acknowledged that he would never win over many on the left, but maintained that for others, impeachment was “going too far.”
Rudy Giuliani is willing to concede that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting a fair investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia — but only if Mueller wraps it up in the next two weeks and finds Donald Trump innocent.
Tweeted Giuliani: “Just a few days before 60 day run-up to 2018 elections. If Mueller wants to show he’s not partisan, then issue a report on collusion and obstruction. They will show President Trump did nothing wrong. Then we will have to admit you were fair. And we will.”
Rudy Giuliani was interviewed by Chris Cuomo last night on CNN:
GIULIANI: It’s in the eye of the beholder.
CUOMO: No, facts are not in the eye of the beholder.
GIUILIANI: Nowadays they are.
“I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime. Collusion is not a crime.”
— Rudy Giuliani, trying a new angle in an interview on Fox & Friends.
Former Trump lawyer Jay Goldberg tore into Rudy Giuliani on CNN saying he is seriously hurting the president’s case against Michael Cohen.
Said Goldberg: “I knew as soon as Giuliani spoke that he was damaging Trump’s case immeasurably. It ranks near 100 in terms of damage.”
“It’s a little bit hard to hear, but I assure you that we listened to it numerous, numerous times, and the transcript makes it quite clear at the end that President Trump says, quote, ‘Don’t pay with cash.’ Go online. Listen to your broadcast… The third time you play it, it’ll become clear.”
“Peter Strzok’s testimony was a disgrace. It taints the entire Mueller witchhunt. President Trump is being investigated by people who possess pathological hatred for him. All the results of the investigation are ‘fruit of the poison tree’ and should be dismissed.”
— Rudy Giuliani, on Twitter.
Rudy Giuliani “continues to work on behalf of foreign clients both personally and through his namesake security firm while serving as President Trump’s personal attorney — an arrangement experts say raises conflict of interest concerns and could run afoul of federal ethics laws,” the Washington Post reports.
“He has never registered with the Justice Department on behalf of his overseas clients, asserting it is not necessary because he does not directly lobby the U.S. government and is not charging Trump for his services. His decision to continue representing foreign entities also departs from standard practice for presidential attorneys, who in the past have generally sought to sever any ties that could create conflicts with their client in the White House.”
Rudy Giuliani said the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is “the most corrupt investigation I have ever seen,” Politico reports.
Said Giuliani: “We can’t find an incriminating anything, and we need a basis for this investigation, particularly since we now know it was started from biased — by biased origins.”
Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post that President Trump’s decision on whether to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller “could be delayed until mid- to late July as his legal team assesses the impact of a new report by the Justice Department’s inspector general,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Giuliani: “I’m advising him to stay put, to hold our horses a little.”
But last night on Fox News, Giuliani sounded doubtful it would ever happen: “Do I look crazy? So far, you know, I still have all my senses, and I’m a heck of a lawyer. And I get drummed out of the profession if I did. I mean, the reality is, you don’t put your client in a kangaroo court.”
“Rudy Giuliani says FBI agents interviewed him in his room at the Trump International Hotel earlier this year regarding his 2016 remarks predicting a ‘surprise’ in the closing days of the presidential race that would benefit then-Republican nominee Donald Trump,” the HuffPost reports.
Said Giuliani: “That’s all they asked about. What was I talking about in terms of ‘surprise’? What was I talking about when I was talking about new information?”
“Giuliani was a top campaign adviser in the summer and autumn of 2016 and is now leading the team of lawyers representing Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. His disclosure of the February interview confirms the existence of a Justice Department investigation into leaks from the bureau’s New York field office that may have cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the election.”
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country.
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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