But the former New York City mayor, Trump lawyer, and central figure in the Ukraine scandal reemerged in a big way on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning— to the point where the hosts gave him the proverbial hook to get him to shut up.
In a rambling interview that lasted over 12 minutes, Giuliani promised to release new evidence of corruption involving the Biden family and the Ukraine on his podcast, which drops at noon today.
“I’m going to expose, over the next two weeks, shocking crimes at the highest levels of both governments,” Giuliani said. “While the Senate is listening to a totally phony group of stories about non-impeachable offenses…it’s a total waste of money, it’s a complete show on the part of the Democrats, and they should be sued for or conspiracy to defraud the United States. And they should pay for that hearing.”
While Giuliani refused to testify in House impeachment investigation and thus far hasn’t been called in the Senate trial, he’s been an outsized influence on the ongoing impeachment. During his closing remarks last night, House Intelligence chair and impeachment “manager” Adam Schiff referred directly to the Trump associate.
Giuliani maintained that he simply stumbled upon evidence of corruption involving Joe Biden while investigating other evidence of corruption in Ukraine, claiming he had no idea that the former vice president would run for president this year. (Biden was reportedly telling people he could beat Trump as early as 2017.)
While “Fox & Friends” hosts mostly let Giuliani throw out wild accusations — including that Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor whom Biden pushed to be fired because his office was failing to prosecute corruption, was hospitalized with mercury poisoning — Giuliani did face the slightest of pushback from co-host Brian Kilmeade. “Would you say that the way you approached it, in the short term, has made things worse for the president?”