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Rudy Giuliani, under federal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine, insisted he had committed no crime while working as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
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“I did not commit any crime,” the former New York mayor told NBC, apparently spontaneously during an interview on the upcoming 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, conducted at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the center -City of Manhattan.
“And if you think I committed a crime, you’re probably really stupid because you don’t know who I am.”
Giuliani’s attempts to exploit the dirt on Joe Biden saw Trump impeached – and acquitted – for the first time.
Now under investigation himself, Giuliani has also seen his law licenses suspended in New York and Washington DC, for his part in spreading Trump’s lies about voter fraud.
He protested to NBC New York that he couldn’t be guilty of failing to register as an agent of a foreign power, a charge recently denied by another Trump ally, Tom Barrack.
“Like the guy who put the mafia in jail, the terrorists in jail, put [former mayor] Ed Koch commissioners in jail and the worst people on Wall Street, I ain’t gonna testify [as an agent]? ”Giuliani asked, referring to the highlights of his tenure as a prosecutor before becoming mayor.
“I mean, it’s crazy.”
He also said he was “more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail.” And if they do, they will suffer the consequences in Heaven, I am not. I did not do anything wrong.
When asked why he was willing to go to jail if he was innocent, Giuliani replied, “Because they are lying. And they cheat.
He also claimed he was being treated unfairly in relation to Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York who faces questions about his management of nursing homes at the start of the Covid pandemic.
The FBI did not comment on Giuliani’s comments.
NBC New York also asked whether the murderous Jan.6 assault on the US Capitol, which Giuliani spoke to at a rally near the White House and demanded a “combat trial”, was a felony.
“I think January 6 was a crime,” he said. “I think [the rioters] committed the crime of trespassing. I believe they have done destruction.
Giuliani ruled New York City on September 11 and its aftermath and became known as “America’s Mayor,” a status he turned into a brief run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and a lucrative consulting career.
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He told NBC New York that he was not afraid to tarnish his legacy through his work for Trump because he believed it would be justified.
In the bestselling book I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year, Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker detail Giuliani’s attempts to help Trump reverse his electoral defeat, including telling him, apparently in good condition. intoxicated, to “just say We won.”
The authors also report that former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime friend, asked Giuliani why he was so vigorously promoting Trump’s lies.
“Fuckin ‘inheritance,” Giuliani reportedly said. “Inheritance is what happens when you are in the ground. I am fighting for today.