Yesterday we suggested that Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani were officially heading for a divorce, after Rudy’s people complained to the media about Trump not paying Rudy’s legal bills, and Trump’s people told the media that Rudy’s actions were vaguely criminal. Now it’s predictably getting uglier.
Today Rudy Giuliani liked a tweet that claimed Trump was keeping all the money for himself and that Trump’s loyalists were being “left to the slaughter.” Giuliani has since apparently unliked the tweet, but someone captured proof of it. This feels like a significant escalation on Rudy’s part, as he’s now publicly and directly lashing out at Trump instead of merely letting his surrogates snipe at Trump through media intermediaries. So now what?
When you put this within the context of Rudy’s remark last week that he’s “more than willing” to go to prison, it’s clear that 1) he knows he’s legally screwed, and 2) he resents Donald Trump for letting it happen to him. This puts even more emphasis on the question of whether Giuliani will spitefully cut a plea deal against Trump once he’s inevitably arrested.
If Rudy is as broke as his surrogates claim, he can’t hire the kind of lawyers required to try to carve out a reasonable doubt defense in the face of the overwhelming evidence that prosecutors surely have against him, so a plea deal would be his only viable way out. Would prosecutors offer him full immunity in exchange for turning over proof of the entire Trump clan’s guilt? We’ll see.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report