As speculation then official word of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump spread, members of Trump's team showed signs of stress. One of those showing the anxiety anyone under investigation for multiple violations of federal law would was Trump's personal lawyer, former New York city mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Ever since news of a whistleblower report involving a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky broke, Giuliani made multiple public appearances as the public mouthpiece of the President. Giuliani—as Trump's employee—is not under all the restrictions that should apply to official members of the federal government.
In an appearance on Fox News where host Laura Ingraham held a panel discussion with Democratic strategist Chris Hahn, author Andy McCarthy and Giuliani. As McCarthy finished his remarks, Ingraham brought back the full panel.
"I’d like to say to you, Mr. Hahn, I should sue you for libel. You usually say incredibly stupid things."
Watch the excerpt here.
Earlier Hahn called Giuliani's repeated remarks against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter libelous, accusing the Trump camp of "making things up" about the State Department asking Giuliani to please gather evidence against Biden and to contact the Ukrainian President's team to do it.
Hahn's remarks came in response to Giuliani claiming:
"Here’s why I was asked by the State Department—it’s all documented—they called me to facilitate a meeting between the President [Trump] and [President] Zelensky to help do [evidence gathering]. I met with the representative of Mr. Zelensky. We never discussed any kind of pressure about a criminal case, we never discussed any kind of quid pro quo or pressure."
After Giuliani's assertion that he should sue Hahn, the panelist replied to Giuliani saying:
"You’re a public figure, so then you know the libel law."
Which is when Giuliani had his outburst, saying:
"Shut up, moron! Shut up! Shut up! You don’t know what you’re talking about, idiot!"
"No you don’t, you just lied!"
Trump's lawyer then appealed to longtime Trump fan Ingraham to make Hahn stop responding to his comments directed at Hahn. Ingraham then asked Hahn to remain silent so Giuliani could talk about Hahn without interruptions.
Giuliani had been on a media blitz tour, similar to the ones he had done before other Trump scandals, to place responsibility for his and the President's interaction with the Ukrainian government as a mission created and directed by the State Department and not an attempt to help Trump's 2020 presidential campaign.
Giuliani made the same claim on an appearance with Sean Hannity where he appeared with no one to dispute his claims.
People called Giuiani's appearance on Ingraham's program where he did get pushback for his unsubstantiated claims a meltdown and a sign of panic in the Trump camp.
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