The “impeachment inquiry” that the Democrats have embroiled Washington DC in seems destined to spread beyond President Trump and the White House, as Rudy Giuliani falls into the crosshairs of the “resistance”.
First, there were the arrests of two of his close confidantes, both allegedly involved with Rudy’s Ukraine dealings. These men were apprehended at the Washington Dulles airport with one-way tickets abroad – an unfortunately poor bit of optics for the President’s personal lawyer.
Now, Rudy himself is being investigated by federal prosecutors on charges of lobbying violations – a sign that the left is attempting to tighten the noose on President Trump.
White House advisers are now suggesting that the normally chatty Giuliani take it down a notch in the days to come.
“Rudy Giuliani needs to stop talking,” said a former campaign official who remains close to Trump’s team.
Giuliani has been Trump’s attack dog since he was hired as an unpaid personal attorney April 2018. But the president’s personal lawyer has now found himself at the center of an unfolding controversy over the president’s attempts to get the Ukrainian president to open an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter.
To numerous Trump advisers, though, the appearances have hurt more than they’ve helped the president.
“Rudy right now needs to focus on himself and not Ukraine,” said an outside Trump adviser.
House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry after Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was revealed, spurring Giuliani to blanket the airwaves with his bulldog defenses of the president. Democrats have also subpoenaed Giuliani for documents and testimony related to his Ukraine activities, setting off a battle that’s likely to drag on for weeks.
Giuliani suggested in an interview this week that his television appearances could be reduced now that Trump’s legal team is expanding.
Some also speculated that the recent addition of former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to the Trump impeachment legal team was an attempt to reduce Giuliani’s appearances on the airwaves.
Although Gowdy — who led the congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s response to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks — won’t start as a Trump attorney until January, he could appear as a surrogate on television in the meantime.
Rudy was also the subject of much ridicule during the testimony of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a longtime State Department official, who was none too pleased with the former NYC Mayor’s involvement in international diplomacy.