Regardless of your political leanings, it is disturbing that federal authorities spied on emails and other private communications between President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani during Trump’s first indictment.
In November 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York made a “hidden order” on the former mayor’s iCloud account and then decided for himself which private communication between the president and his attorney was off-limits due to attorney-client or according to Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
Giuliani says the burglary was driven by “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and has trampled on the president̵
It was only after the FBI’s dawn over Giuliani’s apartment in the Upper East Side on Wednesday that Costello was told about the iCloud power. It is reportedly part of an investigation into Giuliani’s alleged lobbying activities in Ukraine, where he investigated why Hunter Biden received $ 83,000 a month from a corrupt Ukrainian energy company while his father was vice president.
But this is no way to treat the mayor who pulled New York out of its decline in disorder in the 1990s. There’s no way to deal with the brave American lawyer for Manhattan who brought down the mob in the 1980s. And there is no way to treat the former personal lawyer to a president.
What the hell is going on there?
“In Banana Republics, i. . “In many places in the world, when a candidate loses to the president, they go after the candidate, they go after his lawyers, they go after his friends,” Professor Harvard of law Alan Dershowitz told radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday. “It’s happening in America now. They go after Rudy Giuliani. ”
To make matters worse, some inaccurate information about the investigation is leaking.
The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all ran anonymous stories last week, claiming that Giuliani had received a formal “defensive briefing” from the FBI warning him that he was the target of Russian disinformation over his Ukrainian investigations.
The problem is, that was not true. All three news outlets had to issue corrections on Saturday.
At least they had the integrity to admit they got it wrong.
But one would think, after the journalistic failure of the Russian collusion cheater, that they might be wary of sinister interests in Washington that spoil misinformation about Trump and his staff under the guise of anonymity.
The fact is that if Giuliani had planned to destroy evidence, which is the most likely cause of a high-profile attack on his home and office, he could have done so at any time in the last 18 months.
Costello first contacted prosecutors on November 22, 2019, when leaks about the investigation first began circulating, offering in a formal letter to Giuliani to meet with investigators and answer any questions if they would let him know the topic of their investigations.
Costello made at least two further offers, including in a letter on March 2 this year, but all were rejected.
“Why not do it the easy way?” asks Costello.
Why didn’t the U.S. Attorney’s Office just issue a subpoena in the usual way it deals with attorneys who have privileged information, instead of sending seven agents to knock on Giuliani’s door in jackets embossed with the FBI logo?
It was overkill. On the surface, at least, it appears to be a continuation of the witch hunt carried out by the FBI against Trump and his staff, even before he took office, heaping his presidency and encouraging his political opponents.
What makes it even more confusing is that the Southern District Attorney’s Office is so proud of its independence from political interference that it has been called “the sovereign district of New York.”
This is where Giuliani successfully prosecuted the five families of the New York Mafia and survived a mob contract in his life. This is where he brought Wall Street down untouchables like Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken. The office was Giuliani and Giuliani was the office.
No doubt he has not won friends at his old workplace by saying they are jealous of him.
But that does not explain such a flashy demonstration of power over what are allegedly allegations of technical violations of an 80-year-old law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, that was rarely enforced until Trump’s appearance. It was used against Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and his former national security adviser, General Mike Flynn, and now it looks like it will be deployed against Giuliani.
Given the evidence of several alleged FARA violations on the laptop that Hunter Biden left in a workshop in 2019 – which has been in the FBI’s hands for more than a year – it’s no wonder Costello points to a “corrupt double standard. ” No dawn raids on any Biden family home.
Trump’s enemies have no doubt that the ultimate goal is Trump. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is currently under house arrest after pleading guilty to tax evasion and campaign finance violations, is rubbing his hands happily.
On MSNBC, Cohen predicted Sunday morning that Giuliani, 76, will end up betraying Trump.
Giuliani has a vault full of [compromising material] on Trump, he will free himself to save himself, ”Cohen whispered. “Good luck, friend, you’ll need it.”
But anyone who believes that does not know Giuliani.
It’s a sad irony that the hero who saved New York is demonized and chases at a time when the crime is getting out of control and he is being hunted in the city that owes him so much.
Unmask the President!
Christian rubs and white Republicans are demonized for allegedly refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine.
“It’s time to start avoiding ‘the vaccine hesitantly,'” wrote a USA Today columnist, pointing the finger at “half-witted … evangelicals and Republicans.”
The attacks are based on old polls. But if you look at the demographic data of who has actually been vaccinated, you can see that it is more likely that it is Democrats who are hesitant to get the shots.
Eg. Democrats make up 76 percent of voters in the District of Columbia, and yet only 26.8 percent of DCs were fully vaccinated by Saturday. South Dakota, a cave of white Republicans, by contrast, has 35.8 percent of the population fully vaccinated, though rural areas undoubtedly do not have as great a risk as those in dense cities.
The majority of blacks are Democratic voters, and the majority of whites are Republican. Yet whites line up for anti-COVID-19 shots to a far greater extent than any other racial group, with CDC numbers showing 67.2 percent of white non-Hispanic speakers fully vaccinated, while they make up 61.2 percent of the population. Only 8.5 percent of black non-Hispanics are vaccinated, while they make up 12.5 percent of the population.
None of this analysis is helpful. But neither will false blame on Republicans get more shots in arms.
What can help is if President Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci and other high-profile Democrats who have been fully vaccinated will simply follow CDC advice and dispense with masks outdoors and when with other vaccinated people.
Instead, they still wear masks everywhere, and Biden flies in panic every time he strays his face. They send a message contrary to vaccination.
The prospect of resuming a normal life is the only incentive to be vaccinated. So stop playing politics.