Rudy Giuliani is trying hard to place himself front and center in the current impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.
Last week, he had a bit of a screamy meltdown on CNN, where said the allegations that he had helped Trump pressure the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son were “ridiculous” right before admitting he did that exact thing and that he’s “proud of it.”
Now that Nancy Pelosi has opened a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump (including into that very thing Giuliani admitted to doing on his behalf), Giuliani appears to be in full freak-out mode. He called the now-released whistleblower complaint “total nonsense” while also making it clear that he had an exit strategy in place and it involved taking a whole bunch of people down with him.
— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) September 26, 2019
He also gave a really weird interview to Elaina Pott at The Atlantic that read like a legit supervillain rant.
This is straight out of a comic book https://t.co/pUxdBOCpGw
— 🎃 👻michHELL💀🦇 (@inthefade) September 26, 2019
“It is impossible that the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m not. And I will be the hero! These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero,” Guiliani said.
I had this conversation while in an Uber and when I hung up the driver was like, “Uh, everything ok?”
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) September 26, 2019
That’s definitely a totally normal thing that not-evil people say in a very reasonable tone of voice.
“These morons — when this is over, I will be the hero.” pic.twitter.com/knj5JbSUZ5
— Josh Kurp (@JoshKurp) September 26, 2019
“These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero!” [vandalizes Gotham art museum] pic.twitter.com/RkaOhVy7GQ
— Shawn Hils (@ShawnHils) September 26, 2019
no one has ever ended up the hero after yelling “I will be the hero” https://t.co/KTHyu4DXb3
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) September 26, 2019
Giuliani continued, saying. “I’m not acting as a lawyer. I’m acting as someone who has devoted most of his life to straightening out government. Anything I did should be praised.” Plott described him as “nearly shouting” and “sounding out of breath.”
Giuliani then went and backtracked on that whole “not acting as a lawyer” thing.
You said to the @TheAtlantic earlier today you were not acting as an attorney on this.
Which is it?
— chris (@ridscm) September 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Trump’s allies seem to be turning on him, either because they’re really sick of him or because he’s making himself the obvious scapegoat.
According to NBC, a former senior White House official “said that Giuliani’s claim that he worked through the State Department to coordinate his talks is highly questionable.” The former official said Giuliani should have “nothing to do with any of this stuff.”
“It’s Giuliani who’s really dragged the president into something that’s a legal matter and a political matter and will be part of impeachment,” the former official said. “What Giuliani did, there’s no argument that it was a legitimate, government, law enforcement endeavor.”
Yet Trump, who is often quick to abandon even his most loyal allies when it becomes politically expedient, was notably supportive of Giuliani when asked about him during a meeting with Ukraine’s president on Wednesday. He even praised Giuliani’s recent appearances on television.
Trump will like pretty much anyone who praises and defends him–which Giuliani has been doing–even if that person is incriminating themselves at the same time–which Giuliani has also been doing.
What a hero.
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