Two new developments in the case of Rudy Giuliani and his legal woes suggest that the U.S. Department of Justice is taking a hard line in their investigation of the former New York City mayor and are prepared to charge Giuliani and his associates (including former President Donald Trump) with crimes related to illegal contacts and financial ties to Ukrainian officials.
Additionally, Bloomberg is reporting that two months ago, Giuliani was ready to meet with federal investigators to discuss what he knew, but backed out when they refused to meet his preconditions for such a meeting:
“Two months ago, Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer offered to bring his client in for questioning by Manhattan federal prosecutors, provided they made clear what subjects they would bring up.
“No deal, responded Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos. He repeated what the team had been saying since they began investigating the activities of the former New York mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump in 2019 — they’d be delighted to hear what Giuliani had to say, but there’d be no preview of their questions.”
As a result of Giuliani and his attorney’s recalcitrance, the FBI raided Rudy’s home and office last week, seizing his electronic devices.
Federal investigators are also looking at another Giuliani-Ukraine connection that could lead to criminal charges against him and others, including Donald Trump, according to The Daily Beast:
“Since at least October 2019, federal investigations have been looking into Rudy Giuliani’s effort to convince the White House and a reluctant State Department to grant a visa to a former Ukraine official, according to two people briefed on the matter. These sources tell The Daily Beast that the visa issue is one aspect of the federal probe into whether Giuliani’s efforts during the Trump-Ukraine saga constituted illegal lobbying on behalf of foreign officials or individuals.”
What was the quid pro quo between Rudy and the White House? And what did the president know and when did he know it?
These latest developments are certain to enrage Trump, who now knows that his personal attorney offered to talk to federal officials. Now that Rudy is facing criminal charges, he has even more of an incentive to tell what he knows.
Attorney George Conway says Trump has plenty to fear when it comes to Giuliani, writing in the Washington Post:
“If Giuliani has anything to offer prosecutors to save himself, it would have to be Trump, the only bigger fish left. And it was arguably criminal for the then-president to have used his official powers to try to coerce foreign officials into aiding his reelection campaign. In fact, Giuliani’s admission that he wasn’t conducting foreign policy, but merely helping Trump personally, is exactly what would make the scheme prosecutable.”
Rudy is looking at a long stint in prison, and all he has to offer in an attempt to lessen his incarceration is to tell what he knows about Trump and others.
In other words, Trump is “going to go through some things,” and by the time it’s all over with, he’s probably going to wish he’d never met Rudy Giuliani.