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The two amigos back together

The two amigos back together

by digby


Scraping the bottom of the barrel, Trump has hired Rudy Giuliani, who hasn't handled a case in three decades, to be his lead attorney in the Mueller probe. Rudy told CNN he thought he'd have it wrapped up in a couple of weeks because he knew Mueller back in the 80s and they'll get it all worked out.

Anyway, I thought I'd share this scathing piece from the Gothamist about Trump's treatment of Rudy during the transition when he was dying to be Secretary of State:

Rudy Giuliani, ...was an early favorite—Trump didn't pick him, though, because he didn't have enough "stamina" for the job. Rudy, meanwhile, says he's got STAMINA FOR DAYS, he'll take you to the Hamptons and show you just how much stamina he's got! (Send the bill to the taxpayers.)


According to the Wall Street Journal, Giuliani at least thought he was the favorite for the gig, despite his lack of experience and a few financial conflicts. But a transition official told reporters that Trump wasn't sure Giuliani had the stamina for the job, ostensibly because of his age (72) and the fact that he is possibly insane.

But Giuliani won't let the MEDIA get away with these LIES. "My stamina is unbelievable," he told WSJ. UNBELIEVABLE. TREMENDOUS. HE CAN SAVE US FROM 9/11 ALL OVER AGAIN.

Not that Rudy's fortitude got him hired, though he did manage to hang on as a top four pick into the end of November. At that point, by the way, Trump had apparently decided he was 95 percent going to choose Romney, though whether that meant for Secretary of State or for his personal taxidermy art collection is unclear. In the end, Giuliani allegedly pulled his name from consideration, possibly because he realized his stamina wasn't quite as impressive as he thought, but also perhaps because he can make way more money/have way more unhinged television interviews in the private sector.

“This is not about me," Giuliani said, after announcing he dropped out. "It is about what is best for the country and the new administration. Before I joined the campaign I was very involved and fulfilled by my work with my law firm and consulting firm, and I will continue that work with even more enthusiasm. From the vantage point of the private sector, I look forward to helping the president-elect in any way he deems necessary and appropriate.”


Well, he's been called back into service. Godspeed Rudy.