WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani came out swinging Wednesday against former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new tell all book.
During an appearance on Fox News, Giuliani, who serves as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, called Bolton a “backstabber” and said he’s not quite sure “what happened” to him.
“I don’t care if he says what he saw or he doesn’t,” Giuliani said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” of Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where It Happened.”
“If they want to publish what he says about me, I’m sure that’s not classified,” said Giuliani. “I’m happy to have him do it and I’m happy to respond to it because he’s a backstabber.”
Addressing Bolton’s claims that Giuliani and Trump “mishandled” foreign affairs, Giuliani said Bolton never came to him to address his concerns.
“He never came to me and gave me those concerns,” Giuliani said. “If he was concerned about that, if the man were a man rather than a backstabber, he would’ve talked to me…He’s selling out to sell a book. I don’t know what happened to him.”
The Trump administration has filed suit to block Bolton’s book, which is scheduled for release on June 23, on claims that it contains classified information.
In its filing, the Justice Department argues that Bolton “regularly came into possession of some of the most sensitive classified information that exists in the U.S. government,” as part of his day to day duties. Officials said Bolton’s manuscript, which contains over 500 pages, was “rife with classified information, which he proposed to release to the world” and contained “significant quantities of classified information that it asked Defendant to remove.”
“The United States is not seeking to censor any legitimate aspect of Defendant’s manuscript; it merely seeks an order requiring Defendant to complete the prepublication review process and to take all steps necessary to ensure that only a manuscript that has been officially authorized through that process — and is thus free of classified information — is disseminated publicly,” the suit argues.
In a statement Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union called the lawsuit “doomed to fail.”
Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s speech, technology and privacy project, said the Supreme Court rejected a half-century ago the Nixon administration’s efforts to block the release of the Pentagon Papers, and said it has been since established that prior restraints on publication are unconstitutional.
“As usual, the government’s threats have nothing to do with safeguarding national security, and everything to do with avoiding scandal and embarrassment,” Wizner said.
Calls for statement to John Bolton’s spokesperson was met with “no comment.”
WASHINGTON– Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday calls by Democrats to defend police departments are “totally nuts.”
While acknowledging police officers need better training, Giuliani said defunding law enforcement would only lead to disaster.
“They don’t want us to have police?” Giuliani, who also serves as President Donald Trump’s personal attorney asked during an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “Each one of them said some silly things about terrorism, right? Have we forgotten September 11? Have we forgotten the Boston Marathon? Have we forgotten all of the attempts to attack us in New York that the New York City Police Department and the FBI stopped?”
The answer, he said “is to increase the number of police in this country.”
However, Giuliani said he would be “a fool” to deny there are “bad apples” in law enforcement.
“I put 70 bad apples in jail when I was a mayor,” said Giuliani. “I know it a lot better than these jerks who are talking about ridiculous solutions. I know how to catch them. I know how to put them in jail.”
“They need better-trained police (with) intensive training in courtesy, professionalism, and respect,” Giuliani said. “I’m calling for actually a very intense course. You review that every three years … you put it in their evaluation.”
Giuliani then pointed out that Derek Chauvin, who has been charged in the death of George Floyd, had nearly 20 documented infractions, something that Giuliani said was beyond the pale.
“That is a very poorly run police department,” said Giuliani, pointing out there were no supervisors on the scene. “That should never have been allowed to happen.”
WASHINGTON — Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to turn over documents relating to the impeachment efforts against Donald Trump.
Giuliani received a letter on Monday from Reps. Adam Schiff, Elijah Cummings, and Eliot Engel demanding he surrender any and all documents relating to efforts he and President Trump may have taken to persuade the government of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or any members of his family.
“Pursuant to the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, we are hereby transmitting a subpoena that compels you to produce the documents set forth in the accompanying schedule by October 15, 2019,” the letter states.
The letter then goes on to call out several recent interviews in which Giuliani said he’d asked a Ukrainian prosecutor for information about former Vice President Joe Biden.
“In addition to this stark admission, you stated more recently that you are in possession of evidence—in the form of text messages, phone records, and other communications—indicating that you were not acting alone and that other Trump Administration officials may have been involved in this scheme,” the letter continues.
“Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the President in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the Office of the President. A growing public record, including your own statements, indicates that the President, you, and others appear to have pressed the Ukrainian government to pursue two politically motivated investigations,” the letter goes on.
“Your failure or refusal to comply with the subpoena, including at the direction or behest of the President or the White House, shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House’s impeachment inquiry and may be used as an adverse inference against you and the President,” it concludes.
The document states Giuliani has until Oct. 15 to produce evidence in the form of text messages, telephone records and other documentation that shows he was not acting alone, and that other Trump administration officials may have been involved.
WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump’s attorney on Thursday called the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report “a clear victory” for his client.
Rudy Giuliani, who serves as the president’s personal lawyer, spoke on behalf of the president, who was the subject of the Mueller probe for nearly two years.
“We’re very happy,” Giuliani told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” just after the report was released. “A clear victory. Any lawyer would say when you get a declaration you just won.”
Giuliani went on to state that, based upon his findings, Mueller now agrees with Attorney General William Barr on his claims of obstruction and blames “out of control members of his staff who had this very extended definition of obstruction.”
Further, Giuliani accused investigators of “trapping” former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who infamously pled guilty to lying to the FBI, resulting in his being declared a convicted felon.
“They created the crime,” Giuliani said. “Somebody has to do something about that, and rein them in.”
“One of these guys is a terror, never mind,” he added. “One of these guys is a terror and shouldn’t be allowed to prosecute.”
Asked about the response from Democrats who claim Mueller’s report was merely a technical dismissal of charges, Giuliani scoffed.
“The big victory is, no collusion with the Russians. I don’t think you could be any clearer, you can read that collusion 200 pages as much as you want,” he said. “Believe me, I was up two nights going through it and you are not going to find a darn thing that shows that President Trump or anybody on his campaign had any kind of connection with whatever the Russians were doing.”
WASHINGTON– Paul Manafort, the former chair of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was sentenced Tuesday to additional 43 months on federal conspiracy charges, bringing his sentence between two federal courts to 7.5 years.
Manafort, 69, was sentenced by district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C. on two criminal charges: conspiracy against the US and conspiracy witness tampering, which he pled guilty to last November.
In August a Virginia court found Manafort guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report overseas bank accounts.
“He engaged in crime, again and again. He has not learned a harsh lesson,” prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the court, referring to the witness tampering charge. “He served to undermine — not promote — American ideals of honesty, transparency and playing by the rules.”
Manafort’s attorneys had argued that he may have received a lesser sentence had he not been caught up in the Robert Mueller investigation — a probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election that has gone on for almost two years.
Manafort, for his part, was more contrite but reminded the judge of his advancing age.
“I am sorry for what I’ve done,” Manafort told the courtroom. “Let me be very clear, I accept the responsibility for the acts that caused me to be here today. Please let my wife and I be together.”
“That argument falls flat,” Jackson shot back. “Saying, ‘I’m sorry I got caught,’ is not an inspiring plea for leniency. Court is one of those places where facts still matter.”
“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the extraordinary amount of money involved,” Jackson said. “There is no explanation that would warrant the leniency requested.”
In a statement, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said prosecutors “should be ashamed” of their treatment of Manafort.
WASHINGTON (The Hill) — President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his spokesman and attorney Lanny Davis confirmed.
“This morning the Senate Intelligence Committee served Michael Cohen with a subpoena,” Davis, an opinion contributor to The Hill, said in a brief statement Thursday.
CNN was first to report the news, saying Cohen was subpoenaed to testify in mid-February before he reports to federal prison.
Cohen was interviewed by committee staff in fall 2017 as part of its ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, he has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump property in Moscow and agreed to cooperate in a separate federal probe run by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has repeatedly signaled the committee would like to bring Cohen back for questioning, raising the possibility he could be subpoenaed if he did not agree to a return appearance. The committee has conducted most of its interviews behind closed doors.
A spokesman for the committee declined to comment.
The subpoena comes one day after Cohen postponed his scheduled testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7, citing threats from Trump. That appearance was supposed to be in public.
It remains unclear whether Cohen plans to fight the subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Cohen has attracted massive attention since April, when a recommendation from Mueller triggered a federal raid of his office and hotel room.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to a slew of federal charges, including campaign finance violations stemming from a scheme to pay off women who alleged affairs with Trump before the 2016 election. Cohen implicated Trump in the payment schemes, but the president has denied any wrongdoing. Cohen later pleaded guilty in connection with the Mueller investigation and the special counsel has signaled he offered valuable information.
Trump has attacked his onetime confidant as a liar willing to peddle falsities to prosecutors in order to obtain a lighter prison sentence. In an interview with Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro earlier this month, Trump said Cohen should “give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at.” Democrats have suggested those comments amounted to witness tampering.
Davis said in a statement Wednesday that Cohen would postpone his testimony to the Oversight and Reform Committee “due to ongoing threats against his family” from Trump and Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison in December for his crimes. He is due to report to jail in early March.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer will postpone his public testimony to Congress says his attorney Lanny Davis.
Cohen, who last August pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump project in Russia and to arranging “hush money” payments to two women who claimed to have had romantic relationships with Trump prior to his 2016 presidential campaign, was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7.
In a statement, Davis said Cohen’s delayed appearance is on the advice of his attorneys. Davis claimed his client has received “multiple threats” from both President Donald Trump and Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, since agreeing to appear before the panel as part of a plea bargain he struck with federal prosecutors. Davis did not elaborate as to what those threats entailed.
“Due to ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Mr. Giuliani, as recently as this weekend, as well as Mr. Cohen’s continued cooperation with ongoing investigations, by advice of counsel, Mr. Cohen’s appearance will be postponed to a later date,” Davis said.
“This is a time where Mr. Cohen had to put his family and their safety first,” Davis said, adding that his client “looks forward to testifying at the appropriate time.”
During a press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Trump denied the allegations.
“He’s only been threatened by the truth,” the president told reporters.
Cohen’s planned testimony is expected to be centered around Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.