Republican strategist Rick Tyler unleashed on President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani during a Thanksgiving appearance.
In an MSNBC panel discussion, host Alison Morris asked if Giuliani’s excuses were believable — namely that Giuliani was acting on his own accord, not at the direction of the president. Tyler flatly said “no.”
“Look, since I’m the opinionator here, this is an arms for dirt deal — it has been from the beginning,” Tyler continued. “Anybody with a lick of common sense can see that. It was orchestrated by Rudy Colludy. You know, his going rate — you have to work for free for the president because he either doesn’t pay or you have to hire a lawyer to defend yourself, it will end up costing you money.”
He went on to note that not even the Republicans aren’t trying to contradict accusations that the president was demanding the announcement of an investigation to score the arms package Congress passed.
“But Rudy-Colludy is over there trying to dig up dirt on the Bidens, the president’s chief political rival,” Tyler continued. “No one disputes the facts on this. You don’t even get the Republicans disputing exactly what happened on the phone call. it was an orchestrated campaign to put pressure on the Ukrainian president to conduct or at least announce that you were investigating a political rival, end of the story. That’s what this is about. It is very simple to understand. It is arms for dirt.”
As the president is backing away from Giuliani, saying that he was acting alone, it flies in the fact of documents released from the State Department showing Trump was in the loop through his White House assistant.
Legal analyst Katie Phang explained that the charges against Giuliani are serious ones, including mail fraud or wire fraud. She agreed that the federal investigators are likely trying to get Giuliani to flip on the president.
“Giuliani is tainted goods,” Phang said. “Does he have information? He’s such a bumbling fool there’s no value add to what he does. The real turkey this year is Rudy Giuliani. We talk about hired guns, but he is a gun with blanks. The guy doesn’t really deliver what he is supposed to do and he is desperate for money. And because of that, you know, he will be selling America to the highest bidder, and I guess at this point in time it was the Ukrainian government.”
Giuliani has claimed he has “insurance” to protect himself, but he later claimed he was “joking.”
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Billionaires are now richer than 60 percent of the world’s population: report
The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 percent of the global population, the charity Oxfam said Monday.
It said poor women and girls were at the bottom of the scale, putting in "12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work each and every day," estimated to be worth at least $10.8 trillion a year.
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist," Oxfam's India head Amitabh Behar said.
"The gap between rich and poor can't be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies," Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam.
Alcohol-infused gummy bears infuriating candy giant Haribo
Ander Mendez and his friends were hoping they'd struck it rich when they came up with the idea of selling alcohol-infused gummy bears -- until they found themselves in the sights of sweet giant Haribo.
Now, these three Spaniards say they're afraid of being shut down by the German confectionery king, which is famed for its vast array of jelly sweets and was founded 100 years ago in the western city of Bonn.
In a not-so-sweetly worded legal letter, Haribo has accused their startup of infringing its trademarked little bear.
But these graduates from the northern Spanish port city of Bilbao insist they will carry on producing their "drunken gummy bears" -- "because people like them."
Threatened and endangered species among the animals hard by Australia’s bushfires
Australia's bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.
Wildlife experts worry that more than a billion animals have perished in the unprecedented wave of bushfires that have ravaged eastern and southern Australia for months.
Twenty-eight people died in the blazes, which have swept through an area larger than Portugal.
Officials say it will take weeks to assess the exact toll as many fire grounds remain too dangerous to inspect.
But the government's Department of the Environment and Energy on Monday issued a preliminary list of threatened species of plants, animals and insects which have seen more than 10 percent of their known habitat affected.