As tensions continue to mount between the Trump White House and Congress over impeachment, Trump’s personal attorney, the outspoken Rudy Giuliani, says he is preparing to sue Adam Schiff.
Giuliani, says he is working with outside lawyers to prepare lawsuits against prominent Democrats such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California and also, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Giuliani’s remarks about his legal plans were in a series of calls with Yahoo News, after his weekend cable news appearances in which he continued to aggressively defend the President. In several conversations with Yahoo News, Giuliani dismissed at least one critic of such a lawsuit as a “nitwit,” arguing that there were no constitutional constraints on bringing such litigation against sitting members of Congress.
“I got the highest grade in constitutional law,” said Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. He revealed that private lawyers are studying public statements by Schiff and others to argue that they were not merely prosecuting a case against Trump but attempting to “deprive him of civil rights” and were engaging in a “conspiracy to remove the President at all costs.” Giuliani charged that Schiff was seeking to “inhibit me in my ability to defend” Trump.
As far as Tlaib, another longtime Trump adversary goes, Giuliani referred to her recent appearance at a town hall in which she appeared to agree with a speaker who said that if White House officials were issued subpoenas and refused to comply with them, federal marshals should “hunt down” those officials. Giuliani said that was tantamount to witness intimidation, though it is not clear that Tlaib strayed outside her First Amendment rights.
Donald Trump loves to use litigation as a means of thwarting his opponents, but in a presidency that seems to bring on the word “unprecedented” almost every day, there is no history of a US President ever suing a sitting US representative, and we would once again be delving into new waters in what has already been an extraordinary episode in American politics. Giuliani says that “a very established law firm” is already at work on that effort, though he would not say which one.
Yahoo News reports that the White House would neither confirm nor deny if indeed such lawsuits were in play.
What is clear is that Giuliani is playing his role of Trump’s attack dog, to the hilt, believing, like the President, that offense is the best defense and that there is no such thing as a strategic retreat. If nothing else, the whole Ukraine affair has been a lesson in the Roy Cohn method of crisis management. And even as others are running away from what could be a presidency in nuclear meltdown, Giuliani is running right into the radioactive fire – with a very Joker-like smile on his face!