Rudy Vents to Trump That Bill Barr Is Screwing Up His Hunter Play
Weeks after Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani first pushed the Hunter Biden files and a collection of sordid dirt to the New York Post in a last-ditch effort to drag his client across the 2020 finish line, both he and the president, as well as several of Trumps political lieutenants, have grown frustrated at the lack of impact its had.But rather than conceding that the broader public might not be interested, Trump and Giuliani have instead put the blame for the failure to break through in part on Attorney General William Barr.In the aftermath of the New York Post reporting earlier this monthfor which Trump had personally greenlighted Giulianis decision to act as the papers sourcethe former New York City mayor has spoken with President Trump both about the Hunter Biden materials and what could be done about them from a law enforcement perspective, according to a White House official and a source close to Giuliani. Recently, the president and Giuliani discussed their mutual frustrations with the lack of action from Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray saying that the emails and Hunter files have provided legal ammunition to probe the Bidens, the person close to Giuliani said.The Trump attorney had also advised the president that the events of the past two weeks underscore why Trump should fire Wray, arguing that it shows that the current FBI director is an anti-Trump subversive, according to the White House official. This official was not aware of Giuliani making as harsh a comment about Barr. Reached for comment on Wednesday night, Giuliani told The Daily Beast: I dont comment on my conversations with my client.Rudy Rages at Fox Biz Host for Comparing Him to Christopher Steele: You Better Apologize for That!The FBI has declined to confirm or deny if its even investigating the Hunter Biden-related emails and images, and the bureau and Justice Department have remained tightlipped on the issue. There is a long-standing institutional aversion to publicly talking about these types of investigations this close to a presidential electionthough there is still no evidence at the moment that one even exists, much to the consternation of much of Trumpworld.Were Barr to make any announcement, said Matt Miller, the former director of the Department of Justices public affairs office, it would be a seismic politicization of the agency.Barr announcing an investigation at this point would make Jim Comeys actions in 2016 look quaint by comparison. Comey at least wasnt trying to hurt Clinton and he wasnt getting involved at the behest of a candidate and his attorney, said Miller. A Barr announcement would be a full banana republic-style intervention in the political process. DOJ shouldnt even be taking any new investigative steps involving either candidate at this point unless there is some reason to believe those steps couldnt wait until after the election.In their private conversations, Giuliani has mentioned to Trump that Barr could be up to something that he and others simply do not know about, but that he thinks its unlikely, according to the source close to Giuliani. Trump campaign officials, meanwhile, do not appear to be banking on any intervention.We have one week left, said one senior Trump campaign official. I dont think Bill Barr is going to ride into town and save the day.The resignation from both the campaign and Trump and Giuliani specifically, underscore the degree to which the presidents team was banking on an October surprise against the Biden family to change their political fates. It also illustrates the disappointment theyre experiencing that it hasnt played out the way theyd hoped.Why arent they doing anything?
What the hell are they waiting for?! President Trump has exclaimed to some close advisers this month, according to two people whove heard him say this.Trump Is Looking to Fire FBI Director Chris Wray for Not Helping His Campaign: ReportTrumps displeasure with Wray has long been brewing, with the president angling to oust the FBI director if he wins reelection. But last week, Trump took to his favorite morning cable-news show to signal his displeasure at Barr as well.Weve got to get the attorney general to act, the president said on Fox & Friends. Hes gotta act, and hes gotta act fast, and hes gotta appoint somebody.While Trump has grumbled about Barrs inaction on television, its likely that he hasnt done so in person. According to two individuals with knowledge of the matter, the president has been counseled by some senior aides that he should avoid picking up the phone and telling Barr directly that the Justice Department needs to open a new investigation into the Bidens prior to the election, arguing that if such a call leaked, it would cause more political headaches than its worth.The president responded like, I know, I know, one of these sources said, adding that Trump suggested he wouldnt do it.White House spokespeople did not respond to requests for comment on this story. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec declined to comment on Thursday morning.On Monday, Giuliani went on the Fox Business program hosted by Lou Dobbs to argue that his findings could be used in a court of law
There's a trial here that could be done that would be fabulous for a trial lawyer, I'd love to try it.Dobbs, who moonlights as a Trump adviser and confidant, then contended that the FBI and Justice Department don't want any part of trying cases against prominent Democrats in recent years. He then called out the U.S. attorney general: Where is William Barr? Hes gone radio silent! Dobbs said.The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Cover Hunter BidenHunter Biden is accused of using his fathers name to help advance his foreign business ventures. And former associates have said that Joe Biden was aware of those activities and occasionally involved in them. But the elder Biden has strongly disputed that and news outlets have found no evidence that he profited off of his sons work. Though the president, Giuliani, and other Trump loyalists continue to obsess over the story, there are signs that his reelection campaign staff have tiptoed away from the strategy.As The Daily Beast reported on Monday, almost two weeks after the Post began dropping stories on Hunter and Joe Biden this month, Trumps 2020 team has barely utilized the material in its paid media. It hadnt mentioned the Biden son in ads on its Facebook or Instagram accounts since October 13. And even America First Action, the major pro-Trump super PAC, had not namechecked Hunter Biden at all in its TV or Facebook advertising since then as well.It appears from whats been uncovered so far that Hunter Biden was trading on his fathers name in order to make money for himself and his family. The question the DOJ has to answer is whether that constitutes a federal crime, Steven Groves, who previously served as a lawyer and then spokesman in the Trump White House, said on Wednesday.He added, The DOJ first must determine whether a crime has been committed. Second, it has to decide if its a federal crime that falls under its jurisdiction. And third, it has to decide if a special counsel is necessary, for instance if theres a conflict of interest such that the Justice Department would not be able to conduct the investigation through its regular process. So there are several steps before getting to the point where Attorney General Barr would be able to come out and announce anything.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.More DescriptionImage URL