Rudy Giuliani guilty? This is what they want you to think! And who are they or they? Hunter Biden’s sinister cabal, Project Lincoln, and the Injustice Department, of course.
That would have been the impression Fox News viewers had on Thursday night when Giuliani gave his first television interview since federal agents seized cellphones and computers from his New York apartment, as part of an investigation into his questionable relations with Ukraine.
The host was Tucker Carlson, whose smiling sympathy for the white supremacist “great replacement” theory, and insistence that wearing masks on children is “child abuse” him the true heir of Donald Trump as the right-wing king of conspiracy theory.
A split screen from Carlson and Giuliani was not for the faint hearted. The former maintained his notorious expression, his brow furrowed, his mouth open just enough to catch a fly. Giuliani, in a suit and tie with a white handkerchief in the top pocket, was in his office, a bald eagle model and books, including his, on display. Wearing a ring on his pinky finger, he played nervously with his glasses.
What the former New York mayor turned into a legal axman for Trump didn’t make much sense, but left viewers with the idea that it was sort of Hunter’s fault, so in that sense , It was a huge success. Such was the fixation that at one point Giuliani even said “Hunter” rather than “Tucker” by mistake.
First, Carlson tried to coax Giuliani into a poignant and heart-wrenching tale of his house being ransacked at dawn. The former mayor, who on September 11 touched everyone with his lament that “the number of victims will be more than we can bear”, is less clear these days.
“Well, around six in the morning there was a big bang! snap! snap! at the door and outside were seven FBI agents with a warrant for electronics, ”he recalls. “And I looked at the mandate and I said it was amazing because I offered to give it to the government and discuss it with them for two years.
“I don’t know why they have to do this. The officers seemed somewhat apologetic. They were very, very professional and very kind. “
FBI agents had taken seven or eight electronic devices, he continued, but had not taken an interest in the hard drives which Giuliani said contained evidence of Hunter’s wrongdoing. He offered them over and over, but they refused anyway. Could it be that they don’t spend their days watching Fox or delving into right-wing blog rabbit holes?
Giuliani led an effort to unearth Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine ahead of last year’s election. Prosecutors are investigating whether he illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs while also acting as Trump’s personal advocate.
Ingeniously, Carlson and Giuliani concocted the argument that Hunter’s position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company and his battle with drug addiction also deserved a dawn raid. “We have a picture of him five days ago, smoking a crack pipe while driving a car and swearing that he is not an addict.
“And it’s the left that is worried that mentally unstable people have guns. Well he was unstable, sadly and tragically I’m sorry for that part of Hunter Biden. I think his father exploited him, but the reality is that he is still a danger to the public while driving a car or with a gun, but they don’t care.
Returning to his own case, Giuliani said FBI agents hammered on his door “in a frightening way” but “I’m not afraid very easily.” He added: “This is an illegal and unconstitutional mandate, one of many that this injustice department has tragically done.”
The search warrant was, he said, “allegedly based on a single failure to file a request for representation of a Ukrainian national or official whom I never represented”.
Carlson contemptuously suggested that the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican consultancy group, knew about the raid in advance, but noted that Biden says he did not. Giuliani duly scored more Fox points by mocking the age of the president: “Maybe he doesn’t remember. I’m not sure he can keep anything for more than the time it takes to read it.
And so on, deflated campaign slogans for an election lost six months ago when Giuliani found himself at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside of Philadelphia. “Thirty years since the Biden crime family broke our laws. That’s what’s on the hard drive they censored and that’s why they want to put me in jail.
Giuliani claimed his iCloud account was ransacked in the middle of his attempt to defend Trump against impeachment (the first time, for those who matter). Cue a rapid escalation towards comparisons with the Stasi.
“The prosecutors from the Department of Justice have been spying on me and it is not taken seriously. If this does not entail their sanction, the rejection of the case and its judgment, it is no longer a free country. We might as well be in East Berlin before the wall fell. This is a tactic known only in a dictatorship, where you grab a lawyer’s files in the middle of representing his client.
After 10 minutes that sounded like 10 years, the interview was over, unlikely to join the annals of David Frost and Richard Nixon. Even so, it was a heavenly manna for a certain onlooker at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. For these guys, it’s always the one that matters.