In the twenty-four hours since CNN obtained and released an audio recording of Rudy Giuliani pressuring the government of Ukraine to promote a phony scandal about Joe Biden, and offering political favors in return, Rudy has responded by tweeting quotes from The Godfather and spinning incoherent conspiracy theories about Kamala Harris. Perhaps he’s panicking because of how screwed he is, or maybe it’s a sign that his brain has fully broken. Either way, Rudy should be paying attention, because he’s in real trouble.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman has managed to place Rudy Giuliani’s recorded phone call within the context of Donald Trump’s overall Ukraine scandal, noting that Giuliani’s call “happened a few days before Trump finally agreed to have the phone call with Zelensky on July 25, in which Giuliani was referenced by both leaders.”
In other words, this helps establish that Giuliani’s phone call wasn’t just some wacky one-off he tried on his own; it’s clear that he was acting in concert with the then-President of the United States, Donald Trump, which means that Giuliani and Trump were conspiring together to illegally use the office of the presidency to try to alter the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. That’s ugly.
Based on what’s already been publicly reported, it’s clear that Rudy Giuliani is going to be indicted and arrested (and very likely convicted) for taking dirty money from foreign governments. But his criminal conspiracy with Trump to try to rig the election – which he’s now been caught confessing to on tape – puts him at risk of far greater criminal charges.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report