Axios morning email thingie tells us that the Republicans plan to throw Rudy Giuliani, Comrade Stupid’s second-stupidest lawyer (Sorry Rudy™), under the bus during the impeachment hearings (if need be?):
Top House Republican sources tell Axios’ Jonathan Swan and me that one impeachment survival strategy will be to try to distance President Trump from any Ukraine quid pro quo, with Rudy Giuliani potentially going under the bus.
- A Republican member of one of the impeachment committees told Swan: “[T]his is not an impeachment of Rudy Giuliani, it’s not an impeachment of Ambassador Sondland. It’s an impeachment of the president of the United States.”
- “So the point is as long as this is a step removed, he’s in good shape. … If it’s a step removed from the president, he doesn’t lose any Republicans in the House.”
A top House GOP leadership aide told me: “Substance is focus. [The co-leadoff witness, Bill] Taylor says [he had a] ‘full understanding.’ But from who? Not POTUS. That’s big.”
- An uber-connected Republican added: “Rudy will be cut loose because he was rogue.”
So things are not going well for Rudy, but at least he has his Podcast to fall back on, amirite?
Giuliani told ProPublica that the podcast grew out of discussions with The Hill’s owner, Jimmy Finkelstein, a Republican and longtime friend who served as a fundraiser for Giuliani’s failed 2008 presidential run.
“I was talking to Jimmy about a podcast that didn’t happen,” Giuliani said in an email, adding that “John Solomon was just trying to help Jimmy get it done.”
Solomon repeatedly declined to comment, saying, “I refer you to The Hill for any matters involving Hill business.”
He said he had no formal business relationship with Giuliani.
“He has never had anything to do with my personal or private business, at all. He does not now, nor will he ever,” Solomon said.
The Hill, confirming the Giuliani discussions, said it was planning to create a “podcast network with a multitude of political voices from all sides.”
Giuliani said he was “never paid” for his podcast work. “I continue to believe that your interest in this is not legitimate,” he said in emails to ProPublica. “Don’t ever try to give me bull I’ve been around too long. This is a hit job on a perfectly legitimate situation.”
And amusingly, Wrong-Again Rudy sent a picture to John Solomon, entitled “Smoke Filled Room Pre-Game Ritual” with no other explanation:
Rudy Giuliani at the James J. Fox cigar bar in London, with two of his indicted associates in Lev Parnas, left, Igor Fruman, speaking on the phone, and a third associate. pic.twitter.com/e7Z7pjf2VJ
— andrew (@gilbertstudioz) November 12, 2019
Wrong-Again Rudy is the king of butt-dialers!