There were plenty of newsworthy lines in Rudy Giuliani’s sit-down with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, which was his most wide-ranging interview since he was added to the president’s legal team.
There was the claim that, while Trump knew about the payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, “he didn’t know about the specifics of it” and that it wasn’t campaign money. Giuliani also outlined the potential criteria that would have to be met for Trump to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller.
One thing came across crystal clear, though: Giuliani really, really doesn’t like former FBI Director James Comey. In fact, his dislike is so intense that he even suggested Comey needs to be prosecuted.
In part of the interview, Giuliani said he wished he’d never hired Comey when he first brought him into the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan back in the 1980s. He argued that Robert Mueller’s probe is “tainted” because Comey “seems to be the core of their investigation.”
“I know James Comey, I know the president. Sorry Jim, you’re a liar — a disgraceful liar,” Giuliani told Hannity.
“Every FBI agent in America has his head down because of you,” Giuliani continued. “It would have been good for God if God kept you out of being the head of the FBI.”
Giuliani argues that the Mueller investigation is “totally tainted” because Comey “seems to be the core of their investigation” and he’s “a disgraceful liar.” pic.twitter.com/svXIc2SeDO
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Comey, he said, ought to be prosecuted for leaking a memo containing classified information to the media via Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman.
“I have an open mind about Bob (Mueller). I’ve known about Comey, I’ve closed my mind about Comey,” Giuliani said.
“I know Comey much better, and I have the indignity of unfortunately of having hired him for his first big job. And I’m embarrassed that I hired him.”
Well, tell us how you really feel, Rudy.
As WMUR pointed out, Giuliani — who made his name as a crusading federal prosecutor before becoming the mayor of New York City — originally hired Giuliani as an assistant.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Giuliani, who was hired by the president as an attorney in mid-April, was even more vocal about his disdain for Comey.
“Well, Comey I feel I can legitimately punch in the nose because he was my assistant and I’m embarrassed he was,” Giuliani said.
“I’d like to take him out of the rolls.”
In all fairness, the enmity doesn’t just flow in one direction. Giuliani was one of the targets in Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty.”
“There was something of an unwritten code about working in the office of Rudy Giuliani,” Comey wrote, according to Politico.
“In his case, the message was that Rudy was the star at the top and the successes of the office flowed in his direction. You violated this code at your peril.”
Spoken like a man who just released a book called “A Higher Loyalty.” At least one of the president’s lawyers finally has the guts to call him out over his self-aggrandizing and leaking.