Rudy Giuliani has sold his soul to Donald Trump. He went from being the most respected mayor in American history after 9/11 to being implicated with the most corrupt president of the United States. Giuliani will surely see jail time for the crimes he has committed, and his not-so-friendly friend Donald Trump will be right there next to him in the American justice system works in any way.
Giuliani has been making blunder after blunder as one of the president’s paid legal counsel, and he goes on tv more than any of Trump’s other lawyers, which is probably the least smart idea ever.
Friday, Giuliani made an even bigger mistake by pocket-dialing a member of the press, where he was overheard talking about money and Joe Biden.
NBC News tells the story as follows:
Late in the night Oct. 16, Rudy Giuliani made a phone call to this reporter.
The fact that Giuliani was reaching out wasn’t remarkable. He and the reporter had spoken earlier that evening for a story about his ties to a fringe Iranian opposition group.
But this call, it would soon become clear, wasn’t a typical case of a source following up with a reporter.
The call came in at 11:07 p.m. and went to voicemail; the reporter was asleep.
The next morning, a message exactly three minutes long was sitting in the reporter’s voicemail. In the recording, the words tumbling out of Giuliani’s mouth were not directed at the reporter. He was speaking to someone else, someone in the same room.
The voicemail, some of which is unintelligible, is evidence of the stress that Giuliani is under. In the recording, Giuliani mentions a man named “Charles” but it is unknown who Charles is. He also says that he needs to “get back to business.”
Giuliani can be heard saying:
“You know, Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case ‘cause he didn’t do any due diligence.”
Then he clearly says:
“I gotta get you to get on Bahrain.”
It is not yet known which of his hats Giuliani was wearing at the time of the call, whether it be the presidential counsel hat, his ex-mayor hat, or his manager hat, but regardless, what is he talking about with Bahrain?
That’s when things get juicy, according to the network. The report continues:
Giuliani runs a security consulting company, but it’s not clear why he would have a meeting with Bahrain’s king. Was he acting in his capacity as a consultant? As Trump’s lawyer? Or as an international fixer running a shadow foreign policy for the president?
In May, Giuliani told the Daily Beast his firm had signed a deal with Bahrain to advise its police force on counterterrorism measures. But the Bahrain News Agency account of the meeting suggested Giuliani was viewed more like an ambassador than a security consultant. “HM the King praised the longstanding Bahraini-U.S. relations, noting keenness of the two countries to constantly develop them,” it said.
Then the conversation shifts. Giuliani asks, “Is Robert around?” And the man on the other end of the line says, “He’s in Turkey.” Giuliani immediately says, “The problem is we need some money.”
According to reports, nine seconds pass before either men speak again. Then Giuliani says, “We need a few hundred thousand.”
The report continues:
It’s unclear what the two men were talking about. But Giuliani is known to have worked closely with a Robert who has ties to Turkey.
His name is Robert Mangas, and he’s a lawyer at the firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, as well as a registered agent of the Turkish government.
Giuliani himself was employed by Greenberg Traurig until about May 2018.
Mangas’ name appears in court documents related to the case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader charged in the United States with laundering Iranian money in a scheme to evade American sanctions.
So there’s that.
Then the man responds to Giuliani’s remark about money by saying, “I’d say even if Bahrain could get, I’m not sure how good [unintelligible words] with his people.”