After years of sexual misconduct accusations, international scandals, flagrant corruption, and countless credible allegations of criminality it looks like the Ukraine scandal might be the mistake that finally brings down the Trump presidency. The widening impeachment inquiry has already turned up numerous possible co-conspirators in the plot to coerce Ukraine into investigating the Bidens as a means of damaging the former vice president’s 2020 chances. As the investigation expands, the fate of this administration hangs in the balance.
Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has quickly become the focus of many of the questions about the entire ordeal, as it has been revealed that he was sent to meet with Ukrainian officials and that there were contacts in the State Department helping in his efforts.
Things took a serious turn for the worse for Giuliani this week when two of his long-time associates were arrested for FEC violations while on their way to the airport to flee the country. The FBI and Southern District of New York now have an open criminal investigation into Giuliani’s relationship with the two men, who it turns out aided him in his Ukraine operation.
Earlier today, President Trump was asked by reporters if Giuliani is still his personal attorney.
“Well, I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to Rudy. I spoke to him yesterday briefly. He’s a very good attorney and he has been my attorney,” Trump said, clearly trying to give himself a little bit of distance from his loyal consigliere.
The idea that the president doesn’t know whether his attorney is still is his attorney is an absurd idea that no serious person should accept at face value. Most likely, Trump is weighing whether or not to drop his legal lapdog altogether.
Asked if Rudy Giulaini is still his personal attorney, Trump says, "I don't know" pic.twitter.com/Wct6DzW6cK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
At this point, the smart money is that the Trump administration will try to scapegoat Giuliani as this situation spirals further out of control. This president has never hesitated in the past to stick the knife in the backs of even his closest allies if it means saving himself. He’s a man who demands total loyalty but who has no capability for it himself.
For his part, Giuliani seems oblivious to the precarious position he now finds himself in. New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzel shared a brief text conversation she had with Trump’s attorney-who-may-not-be-his-attorney. She asked if he thinks Trump is preparing to throw him under the bus. Giuliani said “no” and when asked if such a development would surprise him replied “stop” along with a stop sign emoji.
A traffic sign is perhaps morbidly apropos in this situation as it appears that the former New York City Mayor has no idea that he’s speeding headfirst into a brick wall.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 11, 2019
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.