” The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Let me start this piece with a simple belief of mine.
Rudy Giuliani is a great man.
It feels weird to me that in the current political climate this needs to be explained to the media. But hold on a second….that isn’t accurate. The Washington and New York media know he is a great man too. His current problem is that he is a great man working on the wrong media narrative.
I watched a 14 minute Interview on Saturday where Rudy Giuliani laid out in direct and non-ambiguous language that he has proof that he could trace 3 million dollars from Ukraine, thru a series of transactions, through multiple countries, to a bank account somewhere in the North Eastern United States and one Hunter Biden. Direct evidence. Good old fashioned document and witness testimony. None of this hearsay rubbish we have been listening to in Washington for the last two weeks during the Trump Impeachment inquiry.
In a week where the word ‘ Bombshell ‘ has been sullied by mainstream media sources, Rudy claims he has a genuine one. In fact he has multiple genuine ones. But no-one wants to listen. It is this last point that has raised my antennae.
I believe Rudy Guiliani.
Because when it comes to expertise on bribery, corruption and extortion he has too often proven himself to be the Gold Standard.
In 1983 Giuliani had the world at his feet. He was no. 3 in the Reagan Justice department. Young and well thought of in political circles.
Arrogant and pugnacious ?
A touch hubristic?
Yet, he could have used his political street-cred for an easy life. The path of least resistance. I’m sure a nice, cushy, safe, congressional seat could have been found in the state of New York for him, and a climb on first rungs of the Washington ladder could have commenced. But he decided on the path less traveled. For this I give him enormous credit.
He chose, Instead, the southern district of Manhattan as his next port of call. He decided to fight corruption and extortion. Not alone that but as an Italian American, he chose an enemy whose same blood coursed through his veins. The Mafia.
To answer that question requires me to make an admission first. Last week, I took out a subscription to the New York Times. I did this to get some balance to my perspective on many subjects, to question my assumptions and yes my bias. I have to admit it’s been a pleasure to surf through the New York Times archive, to a time, quite frankly when the writing, reporting and opinion pieces were a helluva lot better. More accurate. More revealing. More nuanced.
Anyway, when I was conceiving this piece a thought struck me. What were the New York Times saying about Guiliani in the 1980’s when he was hot on the tail of the Mafiosa – so I went digging.
I found a wonderfully balanced, researched and at times justly critical article about Guiliani from June 5 1985 and one Michael Winerip. It must be over 4,000 words of writing. Thoughtfully examining the man and his motivations. At times, questioning of his methods. The end result? A rounded account of a man and his work.
Getting back to the subject at hand, Winerip discovered the answer to the question I was looking for, 30 years before me. Why chase down the Cosa Nostra in 1980’s New York when you, yourself are an Italian American?
THE BEST PROSECUTORS, THEY SAY, MIX STRONG INTELLECT with good street smarts. Giuliani has plenty of both. When he was 2 years old, his father, Harold, the owner of a bar and grill in Brooklyn, started teaching his only child to box.
Giuliani’s friends say he idolized his father, a man of strong opinions, rough language and a curious mind. ”A major theme with Rudy’s father was his hate for organized crime,” says the Rev. Alan J. Placa, a Long Island priest and a lawyer as well as a lifelong friend. ”Harold Giuliani felt people were prejudiced against him because he was Italian. But he didn’t get angriest at the prejudiced people – he hated Italians in organized crime for giving all Italians a bad name.” Father Placa remembers the father and son looking over a list of Federal judges about 20 years ago, and the father commenting on the scarcity of Italian names, saying it was up to his son’s generation to do better.
And boy did Harold Guiliani’s son do better.
By the time this NYT article was written in 1985 Guiliani, heading a team of about 120 – 150 young lawyers was well on the way to cutting off the heads of the 5 Mafia Families, that ruled the roost in New York. Again Michael puts it better than I ever could.
Part of Giuliani’s secret has been hard work, an innovative legal mind and a courtroom flair. At the same time he was supervising 130 attorneys in the nation’s largest Federal prosecutor’s office, he was personally devising the imaginative strategy for one of the most significant Mafia cases in recent times.
Until a decade ago, law-enforcement tactics had been directed at individual Mafia members. More recently, the F.B.I. has concentrated on individual Mafia family leadership. Giuliani’s brainstorm was to go the next step: Attack the board of directors guiding all of New York’s Mafia families in loan sharking, drug trafficking, labor racketeering and contract murder. Next fall in a single trial at the Federal courthouse in Manhattan, Giuliani will prosecute the purported heads of the Genovese, Gambino, Lucchese, Colombo and Bonanno families.
Rudy was the guy who figured out how to make the RICO laws, enacted over 10 years earlier, an effective tool in fighting organised crime.
And he figured out that – by thinking outside the box. Such was the hubris of the one time patriarch of the Bonnano family, Joe Bonnano, that he wrote an autobiography ‘ Man of Honor’ – Giuliani devoured it’s contents.
It gave him the broad brushstrokes of what each Family Structure looked like. Tenacious, meticulous work, wire taps and the help of 200-300 FBI agents filled in the gaps.
So why is all this relevant today?
Rudy Guiliani has earned the right to be taken very seriously. Since Guiliani agreed to become Trump’s personal lawyer the media have increasingly had him between their cross-hairs. The reference to him as crazed and aged crops up a lot. In the last months they have incredulously started to question his own links with Ukrainians and Ukraine. A nasty, insidious narrative that Rudy Guiliani might have issues of corruption to address himself.
I have watched every interview I can find of Rudy Guiliani in the last year, both liberal and conservative. What I have seen is a man re-energised with purpose. A man using the principles of the laws to defend President Trump. If Rudy Guiliani says he has direct evidence of corruption, extortion or Quid Pro Quo in relation to Joe and Hunter Biden I am inclined to believe him.
What I am absolutely certain of though is that his record on law and order demands recognition. Why is a great man and a subject matter expert struggling to get his message taken seriously by the 5 or so media-mafia families?
When the questioners refuse to ask questions it is time to start examining the questioners.
They all have the resources to devote a little time to this subject and still have plenty left over to continue crucifying President Trump.
Why are these the only headlines today about Rudy Guiliani on Youtube?
There have been a lot of calls for ‘ America’s Mayor’ to be subpoenaed as a witness as parted of the latest Trump inquistion. The narrative of Rudy as this uncontrollable cannonball, directing various politicians and public officials on his own personal whim. Hilariously the chattering classes of mainstream media think Trump will at some stage throw Rudy under the bus. They miss the point.
At some point very soon Joe Biden is going to get thrown under the bus and not by Guiliani or Trump but by his own Party.
And for those hoping to face Guiliani in a quasi courtroom setting I would advise they read the following, again from that 1985 NYT article.
Giuliani’s role in two cases stood out. He was a key prosecutor in the police corruption case that would later form the basis for ”Prince of the City,” the Robert Daley book later made into a film by Sidney Lumet. He also successfully prosecuted Representative Bertram L. Podell, Democrat of Brooklyn, in a dramatic bribery trial. Under Giuliani’s intense cross-examination, Podell faltered, became so nervous he poked out his eyeglass lens, asked for a recess and gave up, pleading guilty.
Yes Rudy is defending President Trump as his personal attorney but the side benefit of that defence and the one which has the glint firmly back in his eye, is the scent of corruption. The aroma filling his nostrils isn’t leading him towards his own client either, the old prosecutor’s juices are flowing again.
The hunt is on.
A great man’s got his Mo-jo back.
Excerpts for this piece are taken from the New York Times Article Article
‘ High Profile Prosecutor ‘
by Michael Winerip
Written by: Me