If you watched the MTV cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head back in the day, you surely recall Beavis pulling his shirt over his head in the hope it would make him look menacing, while yelling nonsensical things at no one in particular along the lines of “I am the great Cornholio, are you threatening me, you do not want to face my wrath” even as his eyes bugged out of his head. Each time Rudy Giuliani has gone on yet another Trump-Russia rant, it’s evoked memories of that Beavis moment. But today Rudy finally went full Cornholio.
Here’s what Rudy Giuliani tweeted today: “Just a few days before 60 day run-up to 2018 elections. If Mueller wants to show he’s not partisan, then issue a report on collusion and obstruction. They will show President Trump did nothing wrong. Then we will have to admit you were fair. And we will.” That would be all well and good, if Rudy had any sort of leverage here, or if he even knew what he was talking about.
The sixty day silent period ahead of the election is more or less just something that Rudy has made up. Not only is he demanding that Mueller issue his report within this imaginary timeframe, he’s also demanding that Mueller issue a report that shows “Trump did nothing wrong.” The publicly available evidence alone makes clear that Trump committed a laundry list of felonies in relation to collusion and obstruction, so Rudy is flat out demanding that Mueller immediately issue a false report in Trump’s favor.
To be clear, if Rudy Giuliani wasn’t already going to prison, this is the tweet that guaranteed he’ll get locked up for obstruction of justice. This is a demand that Mueller rig an investigation in his client’s favor, or else. It’s an empty threat, because Trump and Rudy have no leverage remaining, but it’s an illegal threat nonetheless. Really, though, the part that stands out is that Rudy is yelling cartoonish threats into the abyss with no regard for the fact that he’s already lost. He’s gone full Cornholio indeed.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report