Rudy Giuliani seems to have been fairly convinced that he had the October surprise to end all October surprises here in 2020, but it just does’t seem to be panning out that way.
The story was a weird one to begin with: A laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden was brought to a computer repair shop with water damage, and the owner of the shop was tasked with attempting to recover files from the hard drive. That shop owner then copied the contents of the hard drive and turned them over to Rudy Giuliani, after also alerting the FBI.
The New York Post picked up on the story after Rudy Giuliani began shopping it around, and after Fox News passed on it, citing their inability to verify the content in a timeframe that would have suited Rudy’s wishes.
One of Hunter Biden’s former business partners did verify the authenticity of at least one email released in the Post story, and appeared on Tucker Carlson’s television program to talk about it.
Meanwhile, however, a shady Chinese website with ties to Steve Bannon began publishing what they said were other documents and images from the device, which were so salacious that it seemed to spur further doubts about the authenticity of the material.
This culminated in a lack of interest from the mainstream media regarding the purported bombshells. Rudy, fearing that the story hasn’t had the impact he was hoping to deliver, is now privately complaining that the DOJ hasn’t gotten involved.
In the aftermath of the New York Post reporting earlier this month—for which Trump had personally greenlighted Giuliani’s decision to act as the paper’s source—the former New York City mayor has spoken with President Trump both about the Hunter Biden materials and what could be done about them from a law enforcement perspective, according to a White House official and a source close to Giuliani. Recently, the president and Giuliani discussed their mutual frustrations with the lack of action from Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray saying that the emails and Hunter files have provided legal ammunition to probe the Bidens, the person close to Giuliani said.
The Trump attorney had also advised the president that the events of the past two weeks underscore why Trump should fire Wray, arguing that it shows that the current FBI director is an anti-Trump subversive, according to the White House official. This official was not aware of Giuliani making as harsh a comment about Barr. Reached for comment on Wednesday night, Giuliani told The Daily Beast: “I don’t comment on my conversations with my client.”
Of course, were Barr to instigate an investigation at this late stage in the election, there would be immediate complaints of politicization at the Department of Justice, which could hamper some voters’ outlook on the administration.
The MAGA wing of Trump’s support base would be thrilled, however.
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