It’s no secret that Rudy Giuliani long ago torched his street cred, let alone any respectability that the man once possessed, but now it looks like he’s about to be enrolled in Donald Trump’s Coffee Boy 101 class.Trump is distancing himself from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, arrested on campaign finance violations while attempting to flee the country, claiming that he doesn’t know them from Adam, but maybe Rudy does, ask Rudy. Historically, Trump distancing himself from someone like this is the first step to a Coffee Boy legacy. First Rudy’s associates, then perforce by necessity, Rudy. Just ask one time insiders Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and any number of others. Trump is loyal to no one. When it’s in his self interest to bail, he bails, 100% of the time. The Hill:
President Trump said Thursday that he doesn’t know the two business associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who were arrested on campaign finance charges, but acknowledged he may have been photographed with them at some point.
“I don’t know those gentleman. Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.
“I don’t know them, I don’t know about them, I don’t know what they do,” Trump added. “I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy’s. You’d have to ask Rudy.”
Rudy’s not the only one you can ask, either. MSNBC’s Ari Melber asked former Florida Republican Congressman Carlos Cubelo about Parnas and Furman and Cubelo said that they told him that they used to hang out a lot at Mar-a-Lago, of all places. Raw Story:
“So Ari, these gentlemen were up on the Hill in the spring of last year and they were lobbying on cannabis policy, were trying to build relationships with members, and they came to my office,” he explained. “They stood out a little bit. They had an air of flamboyance to them, but I had no reason to believe that they were up to anything nefarious. They didn’t give any clues as to any of this that we’re now discovering.”
“However, they did make it a point to say a few times that they had very good relationships with the White House, that they were frequent guests at Mar-a-Lago, and -—” he continued.
“Did they mention Giuliani?” Melber interjected.
“They did mention that they had a close friendship with Mayor Giuliani,” Curbelo replied.
We’re going to find out just how close and endearing a friendship the two had with Giuliani. My instinct at this point? I think federal prosecutors flipping them is going to be as easy as frying eggs. There’s no honor among these thieves. The heat just went up in the Trump kitchen. Maybe Satan is just trying to acclimate members of this administration for their eventual, final destination — Trump, Giuliani, Barr, and Pence, for sure.