Rudy Giuliani is being sued for sexual harassment and assault, but that’s not the big story.
The big story is that Mr. “A noun, a verb, and 9/11” was shopping Presidential pardons for $2,000,000.00 a pop, allegedly in cahoots with Donald Trump.
I don’t think that Giuliani would run this a scam without Trump’s approval, though I am equally sure that if (when) Rudy flips on Donald that will be Trump’s defense, and taking bribes for pardons is one of those acts that is unequivocally against the law when a President does it.
It ain’t a policy dispute:
A former associate of Rudy Giuliani sued the former New York mayor, presidential candidate and attorney to Donald Trump for $10m on Monday, alleging “abuses of power, wide-ranging sexual assault and harassment, wage theft and other misconduct” including “alcohol-drenched rants that included sexist, racist and antisemitic remarks”.
Filed in New York state, Noelle Dunphy’s suit includes the allegation that Giuliani “often demanded oral sex while he took phone calls on speaker phone from high-profile friends and clients, including then-President Trump”.
Giuliani is alleged to have told Dunphy “he enjoyed engaging in this conduct while on the telephone because it made him ‘feel like Bill Clinton’”.
Um ……… Ewwwwwww.
But let’s get to the lede that is buried:
The lawsuit also included an allegation that Giuliani asked Dunphy “if she knew anyone in need of a pardon” because “he was selling pardons for $2m, which he and President Trump would split”.
The complaint added that he told Dunphy she could refer people seeking pardons to him as long as she avoided “the normal channels” of going through the office of the pardon attorney, a role within the Department of Justice, which could be subject to public disclosure.
Giuliani was already in extensive legal jeopardy. His work in Ukraine seeking dirt on Trump’s rivals led to Trump’s first impeachment. His leading role in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election contributed to Trump being impeached an unprecedented second time.
With his law licenses already suspended, Giuliani is reported to be at risk of criminal indictment.
If Giuliani gets busted for this, he will flip on Donald Trump faster than eggs over easy.
Pass the popcorn.