Maybe it’s time for ol’ Rudy Giuliani to take a step back from the public eye, at least until after the November election.
The former NYC Mayor and one-time, maybe-still, personal legal counsel to Donald Trump, has been doing one heck of a Roger Stone impression as of late, looking to get his hands dirty in the quest for the President’s reelection. The only problem is that Rudy likes attention as well, and some of the ways in which he’s garnered that commodity recently have been troublesome for Trump.
His latest strange statement came over the weekend, when Giuliani was speaking about his effort to dig up dirt on the Biden family.
Over the past week, Giuliani’s efforts have resulted primarily in a series of stories in the New York Post based on Hunter Biden’s emails, text messages, and documents, allegedly pulled from his laptop. The most politically substantive appeared to show that Hunter Biden had written an email to an adviser to the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, to set up a meeting with his then vice president father. (“They never had a meeting,” Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said Friday.)
The Post reports came under immediate suspicion, in part because of longstanding concerns within the intelligence community that Giuliani’s attempts to peddle dirt about the Bidens was aligned with a broader Russian attempt to subvert the 2020 election. But despite those fears, the former mayor said he has been “laughing my head off” about the whole affair. The criticism against him, including questions about whether or not this is part of a foreign election-interference operation, he added, was just “a bunch of [expletive].”
But then came the battiest statement of all:
Sure, the U.S. Treasury Department may have declared one of his former associates—Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach, who worked with Giuliani on his hunt for dirt on the Bidens—to be an “active Russian agent.” But that’s some Deep State talk, he added. “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50.”
“My guess is that George Soros is behind this counter-offensive… because he wants to create a socialist country,” Giuliani baselessly alleged. “He’d like to see us collapse and see us taken over by the international… whatever.” Giuliani said that Derkach’s eventual sanctioning was the result of “an intelligence ploy to try to create problems for Trump—because Derkach could probably bury Obama.”
Rudy’s loose-cannon style may work well behind the scenes, but having him out front may wind up being a liability for the Trump campaign…especially as they seek to distance themselves from the work of Russian intelligence agents.
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