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“Joe Biden’s presidential campaign recently asked TV networks to stop booking Rudy Giuliani as a guest. Good luck with that.
The Rudy Show is a hot ticket. It’s a mesmerizing, wild-eyed performance that invites an inevitable question: What happened to Rudy? The truth is, nothing happened. The Rudy we see today, with his showstopping mix of conviction and incoherence, is the same Rudy we’ve always had. The only thing new is his predicament.
House Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, for documents related to Giuliani’s interactions with Ukrainian officials. It’s the latest wave in a widening political gyre of the President’s own making. It began, in part, according to a reconstructed transcript of the call, when Trump urged Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Giuliani, “a highly respected man,” on investigating alleged wrongdoing between Joe Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian oil company. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
The eventual fallout from all this will be some version of historic. Until then it’s just plain fascinating.
There was Giuliani’s pinballing interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, in which he denied he’d done Trump’s bidding before claiming that of course he had.”
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