At this point, calling the Trump administration a loose cannon could be old news — but they keep finding new ways to throw decency to the wind! Now, personal Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has threatened to sue Fox News host Steve Hilton for libel over his reporting on the former New York City mayor’s business in Ukraine. To be clear, although Giuliani claimed that lawyers had been advising him to pursue a case against Hilton, it’s unclear that he’d have any basis whatsoever. Hilton didn’t exactly dish out lies in describing Giuliani’s behavior.
Besides, “libel” itself is the written version of defamation. Giuliani meant to say slander if he was trying to build some kind of actual case. That prospective case is not off to a great start — as a television host, Hilton obviously didn’t write anything down. That didn’t stop Giuliani!
‘I have not taken a penny for representing my friend, President Trump. I am outraged that @SteveHiltonx reported that I was trying to pursue private business deals in Ukraine to “enrich” myself, when in reality I have made ZERO in Ukraine! Very lazy reporting! Since representing Trump I have considered and turned down all deals in Ukraine, even those not presenting a conflict. Lawyers tell me @SteveHiltonx is a wild card and I should sue him for libel. He recklessly disregarded the truth!’
Perhaps those lawyers are the same Giuliani colleagues who participated in the documented development of lucrative deals for legal representation of Ukrainian authorities including the Ministry of Justice and now former top prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko. Giuliani even signed an agreement establishing one of those deals, although the Ukrainian beneficiary didn’t, and it was never actually enacted. Still, the possible plans were developed while the lawyer was demanding that Ukraine produce dirt on the Bidens in exchange for aid and a D.C. summit with the Trump team.
Hilton had denounced Giuliani as a “toxic chump” and “unmitigated, unethical disaster” who Trump should ditch. As the avidly Trump supporting talking head put it:
‘To put it simply, he’s been trying to enrich himself on the back of his relationship with President Trump.’
Although Giuliani suggested that Hilton had ignored the truth, there’s no apparent evidence of that. Hilton said that Giuliani tried to enact deals in Ukraine, not that any actually went through. That’s documented truth!
Giuliani went on from the above to insist that Hilton should thank him for bringing attention to the Burisma Holdings story, which covers a company that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter worked with. However, to be clear, there’s not actually anything to that story — there remains absolutely no evidence that any kind of demonstrable conflict of interest affected Joe’s pressure on Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who’d been looking into the company.
Apparently, Giuliani’s activities are shady enough to warrant the attention of federal authorities, who have issued a subpoena demanding records from his globe-spanning consulting work. So, there’s no place for Giuliani to single out Hilton as on some kind of limb, but he flipped out anyway.
Check out Twitter’s response below…