Twice-impeached LOSER ex-Prznint Stupid’s Stupidest Lawyer ™ Rudy Giuliani is the subject of two interesting stories that assert that he’s totally eff’ed in the dark, and his deadbeat client TFG is in trouble too. Both authors are experts and take some nuanced positions, but ultimately agree.
Here’s a taste of the one in Politico, written by “Renato Mariotti [who] is the Legal Affairs Columnist for POLITICO Magazine. He is a former federal prosecutor and host of the “On Topic” podcast.” –
You don’t need to be a lawyer to know that when federal agents knock on your door with a search warrant and seize your electronic devices, you’re in big trouble. Ever since that happened to former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday, he has tried to downplay the peril he is in, saying whatever evidence is on his phones proves that “the president and I…are innocent.”
But it sure looks like he has a long legal battle ahead of him, and his best defense will likely put him at odds with his former boss. If Trump doesn’t voluntarily protect his one-time counsel, Giuliani may have no choice but to point the finger at his former client. (Their relationship was tested in January when Trump reportedly refused to pay Giuliani for his unsuccessful work trying to overturn the November election results.)
…and the other is in Yahoo News, written by Norman Eisen (@NormEisen), “[who is] a former ambassador and ethics czar for President Barack Obama and impeachment counsel to House Judiciary Committee Democrats in 2019-20, is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.” –
Former President Donald Trump and his cronies should beware. The search warrants executed against Trump’s former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, mark a leap forward in the Department of Justice’s look into the past four years of potential illegalities. It signals turbulent waters ahead for Giuliani and his former client alike.
These warrants are not easy to get. You need to convince a judge there is probable cause of wrongdoing. The warrant must also pass tough review at the highest levels of the DOJ. That these warrants survived this double scrutiny is itself a sign of serious trouble for the former New York mayor. It is particularly unusual for prosecutors to execute a warrant against a lawyer (the most recent notable example is someone else who served as Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen). That’s further indication of the depths of Giuliani’s jeopardy.
The Politico piece suggests that Rudy was actually in the employ of Ukranian oligarchs who hired him to lobby TFG; and this puts him in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Rudy’s laughable defense is, “there’s not written contract,” but he must disclose that he was in the employ of a foreign gubmint. The twist, of course, is that he claims he was in Ukraine working for TFG.
So… TFG is now part of the investigation and can be subpoena’ed under oath. Imagine what he might have to reveal or perjure himself?
The Eisen piece also throws a garnish on top of the FARA angle:
“…as they await review of the seized evidence by a special, independent DOJ group screening for privileged material, investigators are likely on the lookout for other potential charges. For instance, Giuliani could have exposure to criminal conspiracy charges. Alleged criminal conduct regarding Ukraine by his client, Trump, in violation of federal bribery and other statutes, was laid out in detail in the first impeachment. There is evidence that Trump engaged in a shakedown of Ukraine, withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed military aid to get Ukrainian officials to attack Joe Biden, who was then running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“If the elements of bribery or other crimes can be established, then Giuliani could also have potential exposure as a co-conspirator under the federal conspiracy statute. It creates an offense if “two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.” To the extent that Giuliani was a part of the alleged scheme — and the public evidence seems to suggest a unity of purpose with his client — he’s at risk.”
Both pieces imply what we already know: TFG is going to throw Rudy under the bus eventually, and so if Rudy comes to that conclusion he might cooperate knowing his fate will be improved. This is a story to keep an eye on.