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Right on Cue: Giuliani Will be Attacked for Helping Trump

Right on Cue: Giuliani Will be Attacked for Helping Trump

“he’s going to have some type of conflict”

A familiar pattern plays out when anyone comes to President Trump’s defense. They get targeted for destruction.

Now that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has joined Trump’s legal team to reportedly negotiate an end to the Mueller investigation, he will have a target on his back.

Take a look at this piece from Politico by Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn:

Giuliani’s history raises legal questions as he takes on Trump defense

As a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Rudy Giuliani was an active purveyor of pre-election leaks about the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. As a member of Trump’s transition, he played a political role during a period central to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Now, Giuliani is taking on the high-profile job of helping lead Trump’s legal team combating that investigation — and other lawyers say his past activities could present conflicts, depending on how Mueller proceeds.

“The big problem here is how likely is he to become a witness in the case, whether it be in a grand jury or otherwise,” said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor. “You can’t be a witness and a lawyer in the same case. That’s the big sticking point.”…

Another issue of potential conflict: Giuliani’s effort to broker a deal to resolve the case of Turkish-Iranian gold dealer Reza Zarrab, who was accused of violating U.S. law by helping Iran evade economic sanctions related to its nuclear program. Giuliani revealed in an affidavit filed last April that he met with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in an effort to resolve Zarrab’s case as part of “some agreement between the United States and Turkey that will promote the national security interests of the United States.”

Here’s how the column concludes:

“The same reason Trump wants [Giuliani] — his knowledge and his access — make it likely he’s going to have some type of conflict,” Levenson said. “It may be a short-term representation.”

The message is clear. There will “likely” be conflict. And if there’s anything that can be used to discredit Giuliani, the media will find it.

The left will not be deterred. They want the Mueller investigation to continue until something, anything is found which can undo the results of the 2016 election.

The next best option is for the investigation to continue for as long as Trump is president, casting a shadow over his administration.

John Cassidy of the New Yorker has already made up his mind about this Giuliani foolishness:

Rudy Giuliani’s Wishful Thinking About Trump and Mueller

So Giuliani, Trump’s loyal ally, didn’t go to work for the Trump Administration—until Thursday, when he announced that he was joining the White House legal team that is dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani told the Washington Post. Giuliani will take a leave of absence from his law firm, which is separate from his security firm, and work alongside Trump’s attorneys Jay Sekulow and Ty Cobb. (The Wall Street Journal reported that the former mayor will be an unpaid volunteer.)…

The recruitment of Giuliani and the leaking of the news about Rosenstein’s statements to Trump looked like part of a White House effort to promote the narrative that Mueller’s investigation is entering its final stages, and that the President is largely in the clear. In an interview with the New York Post on Thursday, Giuliani said he that intended to contact Mueller, whom he has known for a long time, and request a list of what is needed to “comply” with the rest of the investigation. “I don’t know yet what’s outstanding,” he said. “But I don’t think it’s going to take more than a week or two to get a resolution. They’re almost there.” In yet another interview, with CNN, he described Mueller as fair and said firing him would be “counterproductive,” because it would delay the completion of the probe. “Bob is the best we can do,” he said.

But the idea that Mueller may be almost done, and that Giuliani may be able to wrap things up quickly and graciously, seems like it might well be wishful thinking on Giuliani’s part.

This is just the beginning. The more successful Giuliani is in this effort, the more negative the coverage will become.


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OleDirtyBarrister | April 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Rudy is an attention whore and apparently is in this to promote himself. If he were serious about handling the matter, he would not have been grandstanding and proclaiming all that he was going to do in a matter of a couple of weeks. Leaks from Mueller’s cabal have already been published stating that they are amused by Rudy’s remarks.

If Rudy has any value to Trump, Trump would have been better off if Rudy had kept his mouth shut and approached it in a quiet, journeyman like manner. Clearly, he did not stop and contemplate how Mueller’s cabal would react to him making public statements about this involvement.

    “Investigators inside the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller reacted with a mixture of skepticism and laughter at Rudy Giuliani’s claim that he will negotiate a swift end to Mueller’s probe of President Donald Trump and his alleged involvement in possible Russian election meddling and obstruction of justice, FOX Business has learned.”

    In light of the fraud and treason that Mueller’s ‘investigation’ is, the fact they’re ‘laughing it off’ should scare the hell out of every American who values their way of life.

    Mueller and his ‘team’ are greater threats to our Republic than North Korea.

    First off, Rudy should replace GOPe saboteur Jeff Sessions.

    Second, think back to the eight years of softballs tossed to traitor barack obama: who gives a crap what the corrupt democrat media thinks of anything? Their only power is their ability to be listened to. They are they Tokyo Roses of the 21st century, and allied with forces just as destructive to our way of life as the Imperial Japanese.

    Let Rudy’s comments fly.

    OleDirtyBarrister in reply to OleDirtyBarrister. | April 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    It does not matter what the media reports or does not report.

    What matters is if Giuliani salts the game before he even starts playing by running his mouth and causing the other side to bow up and take harder lines on issues than they otherwise would have.

    One thing that few if any lawyers in matters like this seem to be able to do is to remain quiet and focus on doing the hard work in private.

      “What matters is if Giuliani salts the game before he even starts playing by running his mouth and causing the other side to bow up and take harder lines on issues than they otherwise would have….”

      It doesn’t matter to the democrat media what Rudy says or doesn’t say – nor the poor ignoramuses who read only their propaganda.

      What does matter is what Rudy says to Trump’s base.

      Don’t take the bait – unless you want to run with Jeb! in 2020.

        OleDirtyBarrister in reply to | April 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

        The first rule an attorney must practice is the same as a doctor: do no harm to your client.

        Rudy was ostensibly hired for legal representation, not to be a mouthpiece. If he is to do substantial legal work, he is not helping himself or his client by hardening the resolve of his opponents before he even gets started.

        Furthermore, how does he help Trump if he says he’ll have the investigation wrapped up in a week or two and it is still going in the summer? Rudy will simply look stupid and it will rub off on Trump.

        Whether the media reported statements and expressions from Mueller’s cabal accurately is irrelevant as well. The fact is that Rudy really said what he is reported to have said, and he exercised bad judgment in saying it. The response on the other side is predictable and not helpful to Trump.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to | April 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm

        That’s because the DNC’s MSM ALWAYS LIES!

      JusticeDelivered in reply to OleDirtyBarrister. | April 23, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Hillary, Whiner In Chief

One of the hardest decisions our family ever made was to institutionalize my mother when her dementia became too severe to be at home.

The hardest decision was to take her off life support.

The left is facing similar choices with their own party.

None of those imagined scenarios of an ethical conflict come near the Code of Professional Responsibility. These are the musings of a sophomore in the first legal ethics class. Aimless rhetoric.

    oldgoat36 in reply to puhiawa. | April 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    When they go off like that it shows they are afraid their game might not end well for them.

    It seemed like weak sauce rather than anything substantial said. He might be a witness, right, so might Mueller with an even greater chance than Guilliani, so? It is the creation of doubt, in both the public and possibly with Trump, that this was done.

On October 28, 2016, Comey sent a letter to Congress notifying them that the FBI was reopening the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. Eleven days before the election, an event that Hillary Clinton perceived to have landed on them like a meteor in the closing days of that campaign. Two days before that announcement, President Trump’s friend, former mayor of New York, former U.S. attorney SDNY, Rudy Giuliani, hinted to Fox News that an October Surprise was coming. Did Rudy Giuliani and therefore the Trump campaign have advance notice from inside the FBI, from the New York field office or wherever, that the Hillary E-Mail Investigation was back on the front burner.

If the FBI leaked the information through Giuliani, Trump had this information as well – and obtaining the information meant a crime has been committed – but nobody turned in the name of any investigative agent.

Comey told Rachel Maddow that he asked that the possible leak be investigated – but he was fired by Trump before the results of the investigation had not been determined. My point here is that Trump has yet another lawyer with dirty hands. Giuliani is a narcissistic braggart like Trump, so there is no reason to believe that the Mueller investigation will end in two weeks.

“You can’t be a witness and a lawyer in the same case. That’s the big sticking point.”…
Hillary and her two assistants did it.