Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who joined President Donald Trump’s legal defense team, has no realistic chance of fulfilling his public predictions of wrapping up special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation within the next two-weeks, Friday’s panel on MSNBC’s Hardball explained.
The segment began with anchor Chris Matthew playing a clip of the two men together in 2000. Giuliani was mayor at the time, and was dressed in drag. Trump was showcasing the persona he projects from the oval office.
The segment ended with Trump putting his face in then-Mayor Giuliani’s artificial bosom.
“Oh, you dirty boy you, oh,” Giuliani said in a high pitched voice. “Donald, I thought you were a gentleman.”
“That was Donald Trump and his new lawyer, Rudy Guiliani, during happier times back in 2000,” Matthews noted.
To analyze the relationship, Matthews brought on Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler. Butler specialized in prosecuting public corruption during his time at the Department of Justice.
“How can Giuliani come in and say, ‘I’m blowing the whistle on you guys, we’re going to stop this thing?’ That doesn’t make sense,” the host concluded.
“Because he is not a good criminal defense lawyer,” answered Prof. Butler. “There are a hundred white collar criminal defense attorneys in D.C. who are experienced in high profile complex criminal investigations. Rudy Giuliani is not one of those people.
“He’s a has-been who was never all that great in the first place,” he concluded.
“Which is why he could make this outrageous statement that he can bring the investigation to an end,” Butler continued. “Trust me, he cannot do that.”