“Asked who in the White House is responsible for handling Giuliani’s missteps, a White House aide said, ‘Handling Rudy’s f***-ups takes more than one man.’”https://t.co/8AGiFaepJs
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) January 23, 2019
Eventually the circle always comes down to family and/or those who are equally compromised/culpable. https://t.co/L1qT9z8yr0
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) January 23, 2019
… According to sources, a debate is playing out inside the West Wing over Giuliani’s future. Trump is being encouraged by several people, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, to dump Giuliani before it’s too late, while outside advisers Corey Lewandowski and Dave Bossie are lobbying Trump to keep Giuliani. “Trump is screaming. He’s so mad at Rudy,” one of the sources said. (“No, he’s not pissed. He just wants it clarified,” Giuliani told CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday, when asked about the president’s response to the interviews.) The White House had not responded to a request for comment by press time.
As Giuliani’s unforced errors pile up, former West Wing officials and 2016 campaign veterans are privately debating what’s gone wrong with Rudy. Why, they ask, is he making statements that so obviously damage his client? A former White House official speculated that maybe Giuliani “has lost his mind.” But there are other, more charitable ways of interpreting Giuliani’s interviews. As I’ve previously reported, the Trump-Giuliani relationship hasn’t been good for weeks. Giuliani has said privately that he “hates the job” and that Mueller’s final report will be “horrific” for Trump. Facing these challenges and pressures, it’s understandable he would make mistakes, the thinking goes. “Everyone who works for Trump screws up because there’s no way to please the guy,” an outside Trump adviser said.
But, frustrating as the job may be, Giuliani also may be addicted to it. Friends said the former New York mayor was embittered after being out of the limelight for years following his failed 2008 presidential campaign. He’s been exhilarated by the press attention that comes with being Trump’s lawyer. Sources said Giuliani often books his own interviews and frequently texts with television news anchors. “There’s a school of thought that it’s better to be famous and ridiculed than ignored,” a Giuliani friend told me. But the media environment has become vastly more complicated than it was a decade ago, the last time Giuliani was on the national stage, and he has struggled to adapt. “This has been a trial by fire for him,” the friend said. “He can’t just say whatever he wants, because he’s being fact-checked on Twitter. Every time he does anything he gets caught.”
To quote an old proverb: As above, so below…
Giuliani "also dismissed talk that he doesn’t have a firm grasp of the facts. 'I do have a mastery of the facts which is why I can spin them, honestly, argue them several different ways,' Giuliani said."https://t.co/YCs4oQUyZC
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 23, 2019
Rudy Giuliani is lucky that "First do no harm" isn't an articulated ethical principle of lawyering. https://t.co/5cdN7VnGqM
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 20, 2019
Rudy revealed the Trump legal strategy months & months ago https://t.co/MwCGQqGRjd
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 22, 2019
TRUMP: How do I lose this thing?
GIULIANI: How do I get fired?
GOP: How do I break this thing?#failingup
— Shane Celis (@shanecelis) January 23, 2019