Last night’s arrest of Rudy Giuliani’s associates feels like a major turning point in the collapse of Donald Trump’s presidency. Everyone knows that these two arrestees were acting on the instruction of Trump and Rudy, as they tried desperately to extort Ukraine into promoting a fake scandal about Joe Biden.
Palmer Report’s interpretation of these arrests is that Donald Trump is trying to throw Rudy Giuliani under the bus. At the least, Trump and Bill Barr did nothing to stop the SDNY from arresting Rudy’s people. That left all eyes on Trump and Rudy themselves, to see what they might say about each other in the wake of the arrests.
For his part, Rudy Giuliani hasn’t said anything. His tweets today have solely been focused on furthering the phony Ukraine-centric conspiracies that he and his associates have been trying to manufacture. But when Donald Trump was asked about the arrests in front of the TV cameras this afternoon, his response was rather revealing.
Donald Trump said this about the arrestees: “I don’t know those gentlemen … Now it’s possible I have a picture with them … I have pictures with everybody.” Okay, fair enough, a photograph alone is not legal proof that these guys were working under Trump’s instruction. But then Trump made a point of tacking on this: “Maybe they were clients of Rudy, you’d have to ask Rudy.” Under the bus Rudy goes.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report