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Showing posts with label Rudy Giuliani. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rudy Giuliani. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Rudy Giuliani At Large

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Where is Rudy and why so quiet?

Rudy Giuliani’s Mystery Trips to Russia, Armenia and Ukraine — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast

We spent weeks investigating his work and clients in the former Soviet Union. We have so many questions.

by Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, WNYC Oct. 31

Rudy Giuliani has had many identities in his time on the public stage. A crusading federal prosecutor who struck terror in mobsters and Wall Street titans alike. A sometimes-cantankerous New York City mayor who became a national hero for his stirring leadership after the 9/11 attacks. And, currently, President Donald Trump’s unpaid attorney in the Russia collusion investigation being led by Robert Mueller.

In this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we’re digging into a part of Giuliani’s work that has occurred largely outside of the spotlight: He has often traveled to Russia or other former Soviet states as guests of powerful players there. And since Trump was elected, he appears to have stepped up the frequency of those trips.

Just last week, for example, Giuliani appeared in the former Soviet republic of Armenia, which has close trade ties with Russia. He was invited, according to local press accounts, by Ara Abramyan, an Armenian businessman who lives in Russia. Abramyan once helped reconstruct the Kremlin and also received a medal for “merit to the fatherland” from President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Giuliani said he was in Armenia as a private citizen, but on a local TV news show, Abramyan implied that he expected Giuliani to carry a message for him to Trump. (The conversation was in Armenian, so it’s not clear whether Giuliani understood what Abramyan was saying.)

While in Armenia, Giuliani also attended a technology conference (one of his businesses advises on cybersecurity). The conference program listed him as appearing on a panel that also included a Russian currently on the U.S. sanctions list imposed after Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

There are many things we don’t know about Giuliani’s trips. We don’t know whether he’s being paid, and if so by whom. Giuliani declined to answer our questions.

One thing we do know is that a company called TriGlobal Strategic Ventures claims credit for organizing the trips. Abramyan is on TriGlobal’s board, as is a former Russian government minister. TriGlobal and Abramyan also did not respond to our questions.

Giuliani’s work abroad does not appear to break any laws or rules. But it also appears to be unprecedented. Said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney and a law professor at the University of Michigan: “I don’t recall seeing anything like this before.”

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Giuliani: Rumor's Made Me Do it

Rudy Giuliani's early week interview with Trump facilitator Sean Hannity led to a Sunday morning news show appearance which rivals the best of The Three Stooges. When comments lead to an unquestionable need to run and hide it speaks to the pathetic state of the person. One can either appreciate the humor or accept the reality of an unhinged talking head.

Watch two minutes of the very worst of Giuliani as he figuratively runs and hides behind a strategy of "rumors" led to this commons about a Trump payment to Stormy Daniels. 

Payments to other women?
Hiding from comments to Sean Hannity also led to this 50-second clip with Stormy Daniels's Attorney: Michael Avenatti.

Train wreck?


Sunday, May 6, 2018

Pleading "The Fifth" (Will 45 Plead The Fifth?)

Pleading The Fifth
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    Pleading the Fifth

    "Pleading the Fifth" is thus a colloquial term for invoking the right that allows witnesses to decline to answer questions where the answers might incriminate them, and generally without having to suffer a penalty for asserting the right.
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    Fifth Amendment

    Fifth Amendment: An Overview
    The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."
For the first time in US history, we are seeing, hearing and reading about the Fifth Amendment like no other time across the centuries. Even the Nixon Administration and its Watergate Sandal didn't find the nation faced with as much talk of "the Fifth."

No matter the US constitutional definition, pleading "the Fifth" means the person has a degree of guilt which could lead to her/his conviction of a felony offense. The legal pleading so matter of fact, 2016 Presidential candidate Trump fed his supporters and potential voters a steady diet of "Plead the Fifth" against opponent Clinton. 

Watch and think about the potential for Trump pleading "the Fifth" as the Special Counsel closes the legal lops around his inner core. 

This morning while having breakfast or heading to church the following from Rudy Giuliani
Pres. Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says he can't be confident the president won't invoke the Fifth Amendment if he speaks with the special counsel: "I've got a client who wants to testify... I hope we get a chance to tell him the risk that he's taking." 
Amazing that Trump would so loosely use "the Fifth" as a strategy with a closet so full of potential legal entanglements. Pleading "the Fifth" may not save him or his inner core cabal from some form of prosecution.


Giuliani Still Speaking Badly ("I'm Learning....")

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There are times when the facial reveals it all.

As Rudy Giuliani works back his comments regarding his client's interactions with Stormy Daniels, potential hush payments related to those interactions (full interview), he reappeared to speak with Fox News host and fellow Trump adviser Jeanne Pirro.

Today on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The segment is 20 minutes plus runtime, but we must realize we are watching living US History bursting before our eyes. A history which includes a president who makes disastrous staffing choices with the hiring of Giuliani appears to be the most disastrous of choices for his "legal team." 

How can that be considered anything but a comedy act in Trump's carnival tent? 

The attorney for Stormy Daniels certainly feels the ABC News interview was not only ill-advised, he seems to fill it further pushed nails into Trump's opportunity to successfully defend against him and Ms. Daniels's legal entanglements.

Giuliani is a choice Trump will also regret. It is impossible to believe Giuliani won't end his Trump Administration time here.....


Friday, May 4, 2018

Hannity Blames Media For Giuliani FUBAR; Trump Speaks

Watch as Sean Hannity backtracks his decision to have fumble mouthed Rudy Giuliani on his show. As is the case with Hannity and his producers, the onus is on media, not their decision to host the Paleozoic Era conservative and former New Your City Mayor.

We are of the opinion, Trump via his recently hired "attorney" seems to have staged the comments on Hannity's show.  Others feel Giuliani went rogue. In either case, his comments did not seem to have been considered beyond Trump and himself. Therefore a big bundle of poor judgment which will haunt Trump as he moves closer to the final battle with the Special Counsel.

To the point of this post; Hannity is ridiculous.

Apparently, over the course of 48 hours, Trump and his communications team (including Hannity) have developed a strategy.  As of this minute, Trump has appeared on the South Lawn of the White House and issued a statement to the press (media).  The comments were not issued on live camera, but I am hearing his remarks gave the impression Giuliani was offline and off base (rogue) in his remarks.

Trumps. planned remarks as such. It is sad that this guy has been moved to Chicken Little with every word (now) considered a lie (at least for me). Remarks in part.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: The Gazette

Guiliani Jade Helm, 15, Playboy, White Supremacy

Look close. Are these two so-called religious leaders snuggling with Trump directly in front of a Playboy Magazine with Trump all over the cover? Doesn't Playboy have a history of pornography?

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Imagine any generic Democrat in that setting. Now, after you finished that imagery, imagine Barack Obama in the picture. Of course, Obama wouldn't have such publications on public display; yet the imagery works. 

Putin's Russia Fueled Jade Helm 15 Military Exercise Hysteria

On a more serious yet strangely comparable note do you recall the major heartburn and threads from the Texas governor and thousands across the southern states about a military exercise a few years back? Jade Helm 15 literally drove the Right mad.  

The genesis for the over-the-top concern is now being reported to have roots in Putin's Russian army. 

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From Russian Energized Hysteria To Blossoming Homegrown White Supremacy.

I wonder why these people don't run as Democrats?  Could the answer lay in conservative America? Both questions are rhetorical.

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Rudy Giuliani Blew The Top Off The $130,000

Speaking of Trump supporters. Imagine how it might feel to be hit in the face by Mike Tyson each day and throughout the day? If Tyson doesn't work for you, how about being repeatedly hit by Jerry Cloney of the Larry Holmes era? In either case, your face nor your mind would withstand the pummeling or a very long time.

How about our daily pummeling of insanity, lies, and deceit from Trump and his cabal? Something to consider for certain. 

Herewith is your latest head punch.  Rudy Giuliani goes rogue on the Trump carnival.
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Trump reality show TV is pushing me towards a full-fledged 10 and out count. I can only hope his supporters are also reeling from the daily barrage of lies across the face. If they are not, and I don't see indication they are, the US is in bug trouble with Russia and China chopping at the bits and snickering like Snidely Whiplash.

The Trials And Tribulations Of The Presstitute

After Rudy Giuliani surprised the world with last night's admission that Trump repaid his fixer for money paid to Stormy Daniels Trump's presstitutes are bobbing and spinning while trying to earn paychecks while espousing false realities or alternative facts. Sara Huckabee Sanders was the first to face responses to Giuliani's revelations, but rest assured the full are of presstitutes suffered similarly. Watch Jason Miller on Erin Burnett's CNN broadcast. Personal Opinion: No Sarah Sanders doesn't do a fine job as Press Secretary for Trump. She certainly complies with Trump's daily talking points and edicts but she also took an oath of office.

Talking head presstitutes will drive rational people to levels of anger when the person normally comes across in a much more reserved manner.

Tomorrow will certainly bring more carnival acts.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Giuliani Fully Unhinged Racist


Rudy Giuliani Goes On Racist Rant During Paid Speech
Lest there is any doubt that Rudy Giuliani has dropped all his filters and now feels perfectly free to express the racism he has always felt, his remarks at a recent trade association dinner should erase them forever. The Observer: Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was invited to a financial services trade group's award dinner last week…


Saturday, July 9, 2016

MSNBC And The Hyperbolic Brian Williams Continues To Entertain Conservatives

MSNBC is successfully (albeit it slowly) transforming from a progressive network with a decided and public "left" lean, to a network ordered to move "right" by its executive officer. Evidence of such manifest in the early morning hours via additional air-time for its flagship morning conservative commentary via the Morning Joe show and various programming cancellations. Other evidence includes Chris Matthews stepping up with many more conservative guests as well as occasional oratory which clearly appeals to his growing conservative audience. An irrefutable example of Matthews as an entertainer who 'plays' it both ways with increasing appeal to conservatives is evident in a 2014 Hardball segment. Matthews surprised a couple of his guest with what appeared a planned and well-positioned question about Obama's last two years in office.

Matthews pandered to conservative viewers.

Why would Matthews wonder about Obama folding up the tent and golfing (my words) through his last two years? Why would Matthews exhibit clear angst against the president because Obama refused to place more ground troops in the Middle East? Why would Matthews so publicly challenged Obama's leadership simply based on the reality Obama leads diametrically opposite of Matthews mindset? A mindset that found Rand Paul on Hardball air with Matthews ending a segment with a comment about how their minds have a common place in some areas. RAND PAUL? Matthews even postulated Paul was the "man to beat in 2016." RAND PAUL? 

It should be noted, Paul swore-off appearing on MSNBC a couple of years before his 2014 love fest from Matthews. You may recall Rachel Maddow's thorough exposure of Paul as an anti-civil rights libertarian who would promulgate and support private business owner rights over rights of free and open access. Thus, Paul would serve as a conduit to discrimination if access, housing and opportunity to exercise life-sustaining consumerism. Matthews also chose, for ratings, to ignore Paul's frequent run-ins with plagiarism. The MSNBC host also ignores Paul's history regarding association, 

Jack Hunter Neo-Confederate

Why would Paul so readily agree to visit with Matthews if he did not feel very comfortable in speaking in a safe setting?

Do you, by chance, recall a Trump telling Matthews he watches his show while also stating Matthews has a "good" show after an early GOP debate? The evidence of Phil Griffin's edict to move his network right shows like a far too tight fitting.

Let's jump forward to this past week's performances from MSNBC's Brian "I was there" Williams and his hyperbolic on-air comments. First, let me remind, Brian offered analogous comments about President Obama's first campaign speech with Hillary Clinton as comparable to a Richard Pryor stand-up performance.  Pryor was a great comedian who in his last few years adopted more social commentary in his stage performances, but I find Williams's analogy off-base in many ways. Obama's campaign speech certain wasn't meant as 45 full minutes of funny jokes nor any social commentary. Yet we must consider the nascent MSNBC audience. 

Williams also raised the ire of progressive social media after referring to the evening of attacks against Dallas cops as "urban warfare." While it has been far too long to recall, I wonder if Williams of any network newscast host referred to Waco, TX and Ruby Ridge law enforcement confrontations as "country-side" warfare.

Williams continue his growing tendency to reveal a degree of  (entertainment/journalistic) malfeasance in reporting via providing uninterrupted and unchallenged airtime in which Rudy Giuliani delivered yet another unarguably racist tirade. 

After a week of two videotaped shootings of black men by cops and after a week of the killing of five Dallas cops immediately after a peaceful protest, MSNBC via Williams felt the need to provide a platform for a man who intermixed the following comments on international TV. 

Huffington Post

Giuliani said this, “When you talk about Black Lives Matter, well you know, the black young boy who is killed by another black young boy is just as dead as a black young boy who was killed by the police officers.”

“I think the reason there’s a target on police officers backs is because of groups like Black Lives Matter. They make it seem like all police are against blacks.”

“When a police officer tells you something, do what he says. it doesn’t matter if you’re white or black.”

The Williams Segment (Crooks & Liars)

When media simply provides a platform for conservative demagogues who do not hesitate to offer biased and racially charged dogma, media becomes mere entertainment and a platform for propaganda. In the cases of right-wing propaganda from conservative tools, such as Giuliani, how is his rhetoric markedly different than that of Joseph Goebbels as he laid the communication and propaganda groundwork for the Third Reich. How many Germans relished in the skills of Goebbels oratory and ended the Second World War claiming they "did not know?"

How hard would it have been for Williams to have asked Giuliani about BLM as it relates to the early week killings of two "compliant" black men?  

Why do we find it a stretch to accept the reality of "BLM" commenced as we witnessed innumerable cop killings (via videotape)?  

Are we to actually believe that the dead don't matter?   

Are we so immersed in racial separation and indifference, we can not get into the reality of cop killings in black comments or against blacks is was beyond disparate when compared to the white community"

The Guardian: Police Killings of Young Black Men (2015)

Additional information from the Guardian.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Giuliani Gets Punditfact (ed)

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As we move away from Rudy Giuliani's "claptrap" remarks about President Obama, it is important to know the Right-wing demagogue is an an exposed skirt. He is an inadvertent tip of the iceberg of Obama Derangement and he is an indicator of the Right-wing psyche that is well along in spreading across the nation. 

Before the embed politifact piece (below), I offer a quick recap of Giuliani's cognitive constipation and resultant oral diarrhea

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    Says President Barack Obama said "that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than the exceptionalism of any other country."—  
    Rudy Giuliani on Monday, February 23rd, 2015 in an op-ed in the 'Wall Street Journal'

    Rudy Giuliani: Barack Obama said American exceptionalism no better than other countries'

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Feb. 19 discusses his comments about President Barack Obama on Fox News.

    Okay, so maybe President Barack Obama does love America, Rudy Giuliani reluctantly admitted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. But the former New York City mayor qualified the concession with another knock on Obama: He doesn’t think America is better than everyone else.

    "To say, as the president has, that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than the exceptionalism of any other country in the world, does not suggest a becoming and endearing modesty, but rather a stark lack of moral clarity," Giuliani wrote Feb. 23.

    Giuliani penned the op-ed to defuse criticism that erupted last week after he told a crowd, "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America." Already, Giuliani tried to cover his tracks by claiming Obama doesn’t say "what an exceptional country we are" (which waspainstakingly debunked by the Washington Post Fact Checker).

    But does his new explanation hold up? We decided to take a look.

    Giuliani didn’t respond to our request for more information. But it’s pretty clear from his comments and other recent remarks that he’s talking about a press conference from the early days of Obama’s presidency. (Yes, this controversy over whether Obama supports the idea of "American exceptionalism" is now six years old.)

    While at an April 2009 NATO summit in France, a reporter from the London-based Financial Times asked Obama "whether you subscribe, as many of your predecessors have, to the school of American exceptionalism that sees America as uniquely qualified to lead the world, or do you have a slightly different philosophy?"

    Obama gave a nuanced answer that affirmed his belief in American exceptionalism and that "America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity." Obama also added, "I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

    Admitting citizens of other countries believe that their countries are exceptional is not the same thing as saying all countries are equally exceptional, as Giuliani surmised. To put it in terms a New Yorker like Giuliani might understand: A Yankees fan who admits a Red Sox fan loves his team is not saying the Red Sox are as good as the Yankees.
    Obama went on to point out — on European soil no less — that America essentially saved Europe during and after World War II, and noted that the United States is "the largest economy in the world," has "unmatched military capacity," and possesses "a core set of values that are enshrined in our constitution ... that, though imperfect, are exceptional."

    Here’s Obama’s full response:

    I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.

    And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.
    Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we've got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we're not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.

    And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships, because we create partnerships because we can't solve these problems alone.

    Our ruling

    Giuliani claimed that Obama said "that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than the exceptionalism of any other country."

    In a response in which he repeatedly praised American exceptionalism and what it has offered the world, Obama also said, "I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." That is a pretty obvious and benign statement, and it’s hardly the same as Obama putting his opinion of American exceptionalism on the same level as Greek exceptionalism, as his full remarks show.

    We rate Giuliani’s claim False.
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    One more point. I do not feel America is an exceptional national.....anymore.