“There’s a grain of truth in every joke.” It seems that old adage applies to Rudy Giuliani’s latest comments about longtime client and friend President Donald Trump. The attorney and former mayor of New York said Trump is “very loyal,” but he has “insurance” when asked by a reporter from The Guardian how he’d react if Trump decided to “throw him under the bus” during impeachment hearings.
“I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid,” Giuliani said with a laugh in response to the question. Afterwards, his lawyer, Robert Costello, jumped in and said Giuliani was joking, The Guardian reported.
The impeachment hearings are no laughing matter and Giuliani has emerged as a key figure blamed by several witnesses in spearheading the effort to pressure Ukraine officials to investigate former Vice-President Joe Biden – one of Trump’s political rivals.
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Giuliani’s comments came amid reports that Republicans are considering whether they should distance Trump from Giuliana during the hearings, reported CNBC.
The transcript for the now infamous phone call at the center of the impeachment investigation has been said to have left out critical details by several witnesses. However, Giuliani said he has no knowledge of the call and the arguments against Trump are “a weak way to start a trial.”
“I’m not sure this is very solid testimony. In court we would call it hearsay, triple hearsay. It would not even be admissible. But if you are asking me flat out had I ever heard of a conversation like that? No,” Giuliani said.
He said he “acted properly as his (Trump’s) lawyer.”