Rudy Giuliani 'hates' being Trump's lawyer — and fears Mueller's 'horrific' report will drop soon: report

Rudy Giuliani 'hates' being Trump's lawyer — and fears Mueller's 'horrific' report will drop soon: report
Fox News

Rudy Giuliani has been President Donald Trump's stalwart and cartoonish defender since April 2018, often making contradictory and preposterous defenses of the president's actions with the enthusiasm of a man making far more convincing arguments. But the former New York mayor turned television sideshow has become frustrated in his role defending the president, according to a new report from Vanity Fair, particularly as Trump's legal and political standing worsens and Special Counsel Robert Mueller closes in.


Reporter Gabriel Sherman says sources close to Giuliani believe he fears a preliminary report from Mueller may drop "within the month."

Sherman explained:

Giuliani, of course, has been wrong before about Mueller’s timing. In May, Giuliani claimed that the special counsel could be wrapped up by September 1. (Giuliani’s prior claim was seen as a strategy to pressure Mueller into completing his report before the 2018 midterms.) This time, however, Giuliani’s forecast about Mueller’s next move seems to be driven by his fears that the report will be “horrific” for Trump. According to a source, Giuliani recently told a close associate that he’s “very worried about the report.” The mounting pressure has also strained Giuliani’s relationship with Trump. “Rudy hates the job,” a Republican briefed on Giuliani’s thinking told me. “Trump is very hard to deal with.” (Giuliani didn’t return a call seeking comment.)

Indeed, Giuliani's predictions have repeatedly proved laughably wrong. When he was first hired in April, Giuliani said he was optimistic he could bring an end to the investigation in a "week or two."

He also said: "I’ve had a long relationship with Bob Mueller. I have great respect for him. He’s done a good job.” Now, he spends most of his days baselessly attacking Mueller.

Other reporting, most notably from NBC News' Ken Dilianian, has suggested that Mueller may indeed be wrapping up his investigation soon — a finding that surprised many observers, including Dilanian himself.

But Sherman's report actually provides a possible resolution to the apparent contradiction between Dilanian's report and other pieces of evidence, such as Mueller's delay in sentencing former Trump campaign staffer and cooperator Rick Gates on Tuesday, which suggest the probe may continue. Sherman says that Mueller may be getting ready to reveal a report on obstruction of justice — presumably by Trump himself, though others may be involved — but that leaves open the possibility that other major facets of the investigation could continue.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.