Long-time Republican strategist Rick Wilson of Project Lincoln titled his New York Times Bestseller “Everything Trump Touches Dies.” The figurative theme seems to be encroaching on the man formerly known as America’s Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. In early 2018, Trump hired Rudy as his personal lawyer. Since then it’s been one fire after another, and the flames may be smoldering to a point that not even Rudy can extinguish. The once untouchable former federal New York prosecutor is the subject of increasing speculation as to whether or not he himself may end up on the receiving end of an indictment.
The flipping of “Fraud Guarantee” player David Correia has heightened the perceived heat on Rudy. A New York Times article in advance of the plea is titled: “Business Partner of Giuliani Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty.” Naturally, Correia – who plead guilty today to making a false statement to the Federal Election Commission and defrauding investors in a fund – appears to be familiar with President Trump. (Correia and Trump photo below from Law & Crime)
A timeline of events since Trump hired Giuliani is illuminating.
May 2018 – A Legitimate Law Firm & Rudy Part Ways
The collateral impacts of formally aligning himself with the President, were felt by Rudy almost immediately. Giuliani had been a partner at the well-established Greenberg Traurig law firm for years. Two notable partners of his were Marc Mukasey, who Yahoo dubbed last year “the lawyer at the center of the Trump’s Universe,” as well recently ousted United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman. As it turned out, Giuliani’s relationship with the firm ended shortly after Rudy announced his representation of Trump; Vanity Fair reported: “Rudy Giuliani declared last month that he would be joining Donald Trump’s august legal team, he said that he would only be taking a ‘leave of absence’ from his law firm, Greenberg Traurig . . .on Thursday, though, the law firm announced that the leave of absence has, sadly, become permanent.”
November 6, 2019 – “Radioactive” Rudy Has Trouble Hiring a Law Firm
A little over a year into doing Trump’s bidding, Giuliani needed a lawyer for the Ukrainian fiasco. But Rudy had a problem; established firms apparently did not want anything to do with him. A New York Times article was titled “Facing Investigation, Giuliani Needed a Lawyer, but Firms Stayed Away;” another periodical opined that Rudy is “radioactive.” Giuliani retained a law firm by the name of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. The firm, run by current Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer and unabashed fan of President Trump, John Pierce, imploded months later; questions have arisen about a reported $65 million debt to a litigation financier Virage Capital in Houston; the words of an ex-firm partner – Denver G. Edwards of Bradford Edwards & Varlack LLP – provide fodder for discussion of potential illicit financial activity.
November 25, 2019 – The Federal Subpoenas
Weeks after Rudy hired the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on subpoenas to people with ties to Giuliani. The subpoenas were reportedly issued as part of an investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI into potential obstruction of justice, money laundering, and other issues.
September 16, 2020 – The Salon Investigatory Piece
While Rudy has received lots of attention for his recent meltdown on Fox News, the skepticism around his Hunter Biden narrative, and the embarrassment he suffered at the hands of Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat), a much more serious and substantial event took place last month.
Salon published a comprehensive investigatory piece, which covered an “invisible company” owned by Giuliani, as well as an investigation offering “new insight into mechanisms of [Giuliani’s] elaborate and purposefully obscure business, income and payment arrangements, which have reportedly been the subject of subpoenas from federal investigators.” The article had already raised the temperature, the potential interplay with the Correia plea intensifies the heat several degrees.
October 15, 2020 – The Russian Misinformation
A month later, Rudy suffered the ignominy of widespread reports that he was essentially played as a patsy and a sucker. A report in the Washington Post, which immediately spread like wildfire, claimed that Rudy Giuliani “was being used to feed Russian misinformation” to the President.
October 29, 2020 – The Correia Plea Deal
Basic reason would suggest that the Correia plea deal has Rudy sweating. What had evolved into a bonfire, may now be perceived as an inferno. We can only speculate about where things may end up, but if Giuliani’s client President Trump loses the upcoming election, the chances of Rudy becoming “toast” would seem to increase dramatically.
Time will tell.
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