The Jury Talks Back


Rudy: Hey, Nobody Got Killed or Robbed with This Campaign Finance Violation Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:16 am

You tell ’em, Rudy.

Trump insists he is innocent of any related crimes because he never explicitly asked for Cohen or AMI to violate campaign finance law by sitting on stories of his extra-marital affairs. And the president’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, contends that the scandal is overblown entirely.

“Nobody got killed, nobody got robbed… This was not a big crime,” Giuliani told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. He added, sardonically, “I think in two weeks they’ll start with parking tickets that haven’t been paid.”

I know, right? Next thing they’ll target urinating in public.

Here’s what I would say to Rudy:

This is what broken windows theory is all about. I mean, if some guy is urinating in public, we got a problem. Now, you can do one of two things. You can ignore the problem and say: “Gee, I’m such a big fuzzy-headed liberal that I’m gonna walk away from it and we’re gonna make believe there’s no problem.” … You’ve got to pay attention to somebody urinating on the street. It may be a minor thing, it may be a serious thing, but you cannot ignore it. You have to deal with it. It is against the law to urinate in public.

That’s what I would say.

Oh wait.

Someone already said that.

Good old Rudy.

Ken White and Josh Barro have a weekly podcast titled “All the President’s Lawyers” — which I listen to religiously, and you should too — and they have this sound clip as part of their opening. I can’t hear any story about Rudy without wanting to share it, I love it so:


  1. What a stupid argument to make, but then again that’s been the hallmark of this administration, why break the streak? On the other hand, the sentiment is valid, in so far that all prosecutors have with this case is validation that Trump was paying off these women to help his chances to get elected. What they DON’T have—yet—is verification that he did anything illegal, only unethical. The problem with this circus is that the ring masters are attempting to conflate doing the wrong thing with doing something illegal, and in doing so will only widen the divide between left and right as one side will buy into the slight of hand while the other will Harden their position so much so that if actual proof of illegality surfaces they’ll be deaf to it.

    Comment by Sean — 12/14/2018 @ 9:59 am

  2. Having been a NYC lawyer at the time, I remember Rudy from his days as an SDNY prosecutor. And we all remember him as mayor during 9/11. He had legal talent and PR talent. That was undeniable.

    I don’t know what the hell happened. Such a fall from grace.

    And it’s not because I dislike his client. As a lawyer, I know better than to taint a lawyer because of his or her client.

    The problem here is that Rudy is just BAD at what he does now. He embarrasses himself with every utterance. I’d LIKE to think he is playing 8-dimensional chess and outfoxing everyone. But I’ve given up on that. He’s a buffoon, and why he is still on the Trump team is beyond me.

    Comment by Kman — 12/14/2018 @ 10:28 am

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