Donald Trump places all his trust in his family. And in that narrow intimate circle also enters Rudy Giuliani. He is the personal lawyer of the president of the United States, his main shield before the multitude of legal fronts that stalk him. The also known as the mayor of America – he was the governor of New York during 9/11 – is now a key piece in the impeachment process that can separate the Republican president from the White House for having asked his counterpart of Ukraine this summer, Volodímir Zelenski, who helped investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, now a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2020 elections.
The name of Rudy Giuliani, 75, was at the center of the scandal last Friday, when The Wall Street Journal revealed that Trump had repeatedly asked the Ukrainian leader to work with his lawyer and with the attorney general of States United, William Barr, to investigate corruption for Hunter Biden, son of the former Democratic vice president.
Giuliani reported in May of his intention to travel to Kiev to boost that investigation, a trip he canceled due to the intense controversy caused by the announcement. Giuliani acknowledges instead that he met the adviser to the president of Ukraine on August 3 in Madrid. But in his reconstruction of the facts, he states that it was the State Department that asked him to go on this “mission.”RELATED
As mayor of New York (1994-2001), Republican Giuliani became a kind of hero for Americans in the hours following Al Qaeda’s attacks on the Twin Towers in September 2001. Not only because of how he managed the crisis , but because of the message of unity that he launched at the most vulnerable moment and of pain that the whole nation suffered.
He was a very controversial figure for his hard hand against crime. No one questions that its management during the 1990s allowed revitalizing the city’s economy. With his image all the way up after 9/11, he tried his luck to get a seat in the Senate, but left the race for prostate cancer. He founded the security firm Giuliani Partners and was one of the key players in the reelection campaign of George W. Bush.
Despite being a Republican, it differs from the most conservative wing of the party on issues such as gay community rights, arms control or abortion. With these characteristics, he formed a committee to explore the options he had to win the 2008 presidential nomination. History, however, changed suddenly. He began to question his leadership after the fateful 11-S and, after leaving the campaign, he became a very sharp political gathering.
Trump, as president-elect, joined him in the team that prepared the transition in the White House, as a security advisor. A year he became his legal advisor. He left his law firm to concentrate on working exclusively for the president during the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He always denied that there was collusion during the campaign.
He thus became a specialist in taking out garbage from the adversaries of the president. Rudy Giuliani is more than a fixer, a problem solver, and always has an escape route. He acknowledges that he met the adviser to the president of Ukraine on August 3 in Madrid. But in his reconstruction of the facts, he states that it was the State Department that asked him to go on this “mission.”
The US Congress investigation will determine if it succeeded at the time the diplomatic agency entered the game of Giuliani and if he used it to knock down a political opponent. That would be considered a betrayal of the same country that saw him as its mayor.