Giulianis loose lips on Fox News may have caught Trump in a new gossip. Ed Pilkington reflects on a career of controversy
” Rudy is immense ,” Donald Trump gushed last month when announcing the addition of Rudy Giuliani to his legal crew dealing with the Russian investigation.” He has been your best friend for a very long time .”
With friends like that …
On Wednesday night, Giuliani, 73, restrained his new boss in knots by blurting out to Fox News that Trump had refunded his private lawyer Michael Cohen $ 130,000 value of hush money used to stillnes the adult-film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.
The comment became an instant social media superstar, emboldening groups already suing Trump over the payment. Quite an achievement for someone barely two weeks into his new chore, but wherever he has started Giuliani has always seemed to spark firestorms.
Giuliani trimmed his teeth in public bureau as a US Department of Justice official and then as federal prosecutor in Manhattan. There, ironically, in the late 1980 s, he hired the young attorney who eventually went on to lead the FBI and then, upon being shelled by Trump, grow the president’s nemesis- James Comey. He gained public attention and positive evaluates for his tough stance on the mafia and Wall street digits like Ivan” greed is good” Boesky.
But even then, seeds of later squabbles could be seen to be germinate. He was accused of being more interested in his own advertising than right. After he stepped down as US attorney, he made an inflammatory look at a police solidarity mobilize against the then mayor David Dinkins that curved rowdy.
Giuliani’s finest hour was his response to the New York terrorist attacks on 9/11. Boasting a baseball cover bearing the stamp of the New York fire department, he residence himself amid the junk of Floor Zero and became the figurehead for endurance, calm and resilience in the overcome metropolitan, paying himself the deed “America’s mayor”.