For a few years now, it’s been clear that Rudy Giuliani is suffering from some sort of cognitive decline. His television interviews and public appearances have been increasingly erratic and clueless. Even the criminal schemes he’s gotten involved in, such as the Ukraine plot to frame Joe Biden, have been completely incoherent to the point of almost being pitiable.
Now Rudy Giuliani has finally been nailed, so to speak. He’s been caught conspiring against the United States with a Russian agent named Andriy Derkach, whose criminal antics are so severe that even Donald Trump’s federal government is now sanctioning him. This suggests that as soon as Trump is gone from office, the DOJ will indict Rudy for his participation in Derkach’s crimes. Rudy was already likely facing charges for his Ukraine conspiracy against Biden, but this should seal it.
So now Rudy Giuliani is trying to lay the groundwork for his defense at his eventual criminal trial, by essentially making the case that he’s too senile to have known that he was conspiring with a Kremlin agent. Rudy said this: “I have no reason to believe he is a Russian agent. There is nothing I saw that said he was a Russian agent. There is nothing he gave me that seemed to come from Russia at all. How the hell would I know?”
That’s right, Rudy is going for the “How the hell would I know?” defense. He’s arguing that, sure, he conspired with a Russian agent against the United States – but that he didn’t know the person he was conspiring with was a Russian agent. Fine. Save it for the jury, Rudy.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report