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Former Giuliani speechwriter says he’s wrecking his legacy by being ‘all-in’ on Trump buffoonery

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CNN’s John Avlon, who for years worked as a speechwriter for one-time New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, said that his former boss is wrecking his own legacy by becoming a national laughingstock on behalf of President Donald Trump.

During the segment, CNN hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota read an excerpt of a new Giuliani interview in which he admitted some anxiety about whether his work for Trump would overshadow his tenure as New York’s mayor.

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“I am afraid it will be on my gravestone: ‘Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump,'” Giuliani said. “Somehow, I don’t think that will be it. But, if it is, so what do I care? I’ll be dead.”

Reacting to this, Avlon lamented that Giuliani is not taking care of his legacy as he should be.

“One, Rudy’s always had a fatalistic streak when it comes to his legacy,” Avlon said. “He has an exemplary record as mayor of New York and hasn’t taken a lot of care focusing on that legacy. He’s been all-in for his client, the president of the United States. I think Rudy has done himself a disservice and his legacy disservice being so all-in.”

Avlon then said that Giuliani’s reputation as a first-rate lawyer had also taken a hit thanks to his advocacy for the president.

“He’s not parsing his words carefully, certainly not as a former prosecutor,” he said. “He is sort of saying whatever is coming to his mind because he’s gotten very used to playing the court of public opinion.”

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‘The president’s lying — that should matter!’ CNN’s Berman unloads on GOP for blowing off Bolton revelations

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday expressed frustration at the idea that Republican senators could still vote to acquit President Donald Trump even after leaked excerpts of former national security adviser John Bolton's book further implicated the president.

During a panel discussion about Bolton's book, which reportedly alleges that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman warned that the book may not be the big game changer that many have been hoping to see.

"I'm somewhat more skeptical that this is going to necessarily lead to witnesses," she said. "It might. I just think that we really don't know, and I think the desire for Republicans to have this wrapped up fairly quickly remains strong."

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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

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CNN panel cracks up laughing at Trump lawyers trying to make Rudy Giuliani into ‘the coffee boy’

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President Donald Trump's legal team fought Monday to try and claim that Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with the president's efforts in Ukraine.

It's a claim that flies in the face of the documents, testimony, text messages and more that have been revealed throughout the course of the investigation that hangs the albatross around Giuliani's neck.

In fact, Giuliani crafted his own letter to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that he was authorized to speak on behalf of President Donald Trump as a "private attorney." If the president cared so much about corruption in Ukraine, why would he be doing a shadow foreign policy using Giuliani instead of through Congress, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United Nations, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund or a slew of other international groups interested in the issue.

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