Rudy Giuliani sounded off on former Vice President Joe Biden and his Democrat protectors in a wild interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on Saturday.
After calling Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) a “jack**s” who is covering up for Joe Biden’s corruption in Ukraine, the president’s personal attorney said that Biden is a “crook” and that the fact that he is running for office should not make him immune to prosecution.
“I’ll say it straight out, Joe Biden is a crook,” Guiliani said, according to Breitbart. “And he sold out the United States of America in Iraq, in Ukraine, in China, and if we can’t prosecute him, we do not have justice in America.”
“A big crook”
Giuliani and his client, President Donald Trump, have accused former Vice President Biden of pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who had investigated a gas company where his son, Hunter, worked called Burisma Holdings. Biden once bragged about pressuring Ukraine to sack Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion loan guarantee from the country, but Democrats and their allies in the media have repeatedly claimed that allegations of corruption involving the Bidens are totally baseless.
Indeed, during Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate last week, Nadler accused Giuliani and Trump of attempting to “smear” Biden for Trump’s benefit. Responding to Nadler’s claims, Giuliani slammed the fellow New Yorker as a “long time hack” who was working to shield a “crook.”
“Joe Biden has been a big crook for most of his career,” the president’s attorney said, according to RealClearPolitics. “Every time Joe Biden was a point man, you know what happened? The Biden family made millions, and America got sold out.”
A skeptical-sounding Pirro noted dryly that Nadler “seems to be getting away with it” and asked Giuliani for direct evidence of Biden’s corruption. For his part, the Trump lawyer responded that he had already released the evidence last year and told Pirro to tune in to a podcast with Shokin on One America News Network for more.
Of course, so-called “fact-checkers” have long claimed that Shokin was widely seen as corrupt and that the investigation into Burisma was “dormant” when he was fired. But the media has, overall, been remarkably incurious about what even Biden’s defenders admit was, at best, a very unsavory mixture of private business and government.
Giuliani’s threats come amid a battle over witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, a battle that has escalated as the proceedings get down to the wire. The trial could end as soon as this week if senators vote to reject additional witnesses, or it could be bogged down into a drawn-out political circus extending into February.
While Republicans want to move quickly to acquitting Trump, they have said that they will call Hunter Biden if Democrats insist on calling their witnesses, including John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security adviser. Bolton rocked the relatively predictable trial Sunday when a report surfaced in The New York Times citing an unpublished manuscript of his upcoming book, which said that Bolton had first-hand knowledge of a link between military aid to Ukraine and Trump’s desire to have the Bidens investigated.
Trump’s lawyers, for their part, did not attack the Bidens directly during Saturday’s abbreviated two-hour trial session in the Senate — the first time the American people have heard the president’s side of the story. Instead, they focused their opening statement on the message that Democrats are damaging American democracy with a partisan impeachment.
They will continue rebutting the charges against the president Monday. If the Senate votes afterward to continue the trial, then President Trump may finally get the opportunity he covets to cross-examine the Bidens in front of the nation — and that would certainly be a sight to see.