Former Rudy Giuliani assistant says the prosecutor Giuliani would have charged Trump with obstruction ‘in a heartbeat’
More than 560 alumni of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as of Tuesday morning, have signed a letter asserting that were Donald Trump not president of the United States, he would have been — based on the evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation — charged with obstruction of justice. One of the alumni who signed that letter (which came from the group Protect Democracy) was Jeffrey Harris, who served as an assistant to Republican Rudy Giuliani when he was in the DOJ under the Reagan Administration in the 1980s. Harris on Tuesday asserted that the Giuliani of the past would have signed Protect Democracy’s letter “in a heartbeat.”
Harris told CNN that he worked closely with Giuliani on a daily basis for almost five years in the DOJ. And the Giuliani he knew during the 1980s, Harris stressed, would have prosecuted Trump after seeing the evidence in Mueller’s report.
“I have absolutely no doubt that the prosecutor Rudy Giuliani would have indicted someone who committed the acts that are put out in the Mueller report in a heartbeat,” Harris told CNN‘s Erin Burnett. “I am 100% confident of that.”
The 74-year-old Giuliani has been dismissive of Harris’ comments, stressing to Politico that Harris is a Democrat and that none of the DOJ alumni who signed the letter are Trump supporters.
Giuliani himself was a Democrat until 1975, but he switched to the GOP in 1980 (after half a decade as an independent) and ran as a Republican during his New York City mayoral campaign of 1989. Giuliani lost to Democratic mayoral nominee David Dinkins that year but was elected mayor of the Big Apple in 1993 (when Mayor Dinkins was voted out of office) and reelected in 1997.
Giuliani, who ran for president in the GOP primary in 2008 but lost to nominee John McCain, is now Trump’s personal attorney and has been a staunch supporter of the president.