Rudy Giuliani is sinking in the quicksand for his part in Donald Trump’s big lie. The Republican Party is in a heap of trouble after decades of squeezing the American public out of the middle class, leaving us struggling and one-percenters’ addictive greed turning most of the Republican legislators and operators into heartless golems. The former New York mayor and once head of the prestigious Southern District of New York (SDNY) was one of the satellites surrounding Donald Trump. Then, he crashed into the quicksand, because as the book’s title reads, Everything That Trump Touches Dies.
Rick Wilson is a Republican strategist, author of the book, and clearly no Trump lover. His words certainly ring true when we look at Giuliani. Wonder Woman as New York Attorney General (AG) Letitia James and powerhouse with the SDNY Cyrus Vance have both been investigating the ex-president’s former personal attorney and fixer. In an early-morning raid on the ex-mayor’s home and his office, investigators armed with search warrants seized a treasure trove of evidence.
Federal District Judge Paul Oetken granted the Department of Justice’s request for an independent, special master to analyze those materials on Friday.
Giuliani appeared on Fox News and has been trying to shimmy out of his responsibilities:
‘They are trying to frame me. They are trying to find something they can make into a crime, some technical violation, some mistake I made. There is no way on earth that they could have anyone telling the truth that I was acting as a foreign agent. Nor do they have any evidence that I tried to influence the government on behalf of clients.’
The judge also denied Giuliani’s and another Trump attorney/conspiracy theorist Victoria Toensing’s requests to challenge those search warrants. Judge Oetken wrote a seven-page decision:
‘Giuliani requests that the Court unseal the affidavits submitted in support of the 2019 and 2021 warrants so he can challenge their legality. But he is not entitled to a preview of the Government’s evidence in an ongoing investigation before he has been charged with a crime.’
The judge agreed that a special master would neutralize any worries that the prosecutors had stepped over the line with the attorney-client privileges regardomg Giuliani and Toensing:
‘The Court agrees that the appointment of a special master is warranted here to ensure the perception of fairness. The special master will expeditiously conduct a filter review of the April 2021 warrant materials for potentially privileged documents, and that review can be informed by Giuliani’s and Toensing’s parallel review of the same materials.’
Another other Trump attorney and personal fixer Michael Cohen served three years in federal prison for carrying out his boss’ wishes to pay off women he had affairs with while married to Melania Trump. The even soon-to-be president thought that sneaking around with other women while Melania was caring for their infant son might not be a good look weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Special Master Barbara Jones was previously a former federal judge. She found few of the seized documents even came close to that issue.
Investigators were looking into whether Giuliani violated federal lobbying laws by failing to disclose his work on behalf of foreign entities to the American government. In a separate investigation, the DOJ had been looking into whether the Ukrainian officials were operating as Russian operatives to mislead the president’s minion, feeding him misinformation