Rudy Giuliani blasted his former colleagues in the federal prosecutor’s office as ‘a**holes’ if they are investigating him and pointed out ‘I know how not to commit a crime.’
In a free-wheeling interview with NY Magazine, conducted after his trip to the Ukraine and while swilling Bloody Marys at The Mark Hotel in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the former New York City mayor spouted off his business dealings, reports of his drinking, and his work with President Donald Trump.
He told the magazine the prosecutors of the Southern District of New York (SDNY) would be ‘out of their minds’ if they were investigating his connections to Ukraine and his finances, calling them ‘Trump-deranged’ New York liberals.
Rudy Giuliani blasted his former colleagues in the Southern District of New York federal prosecutors office as ‘a**holes’ if they are investigating him
Giuliani serves as personal attorney to Donald Trump and said he’d love to defend the president in the Senate impeachment trial
‘If they’re investigating me, they’re a**holes. They’re absolutely a**holes if they’re investigating me,’ he said.
‘If they are, they’re idiots,’ he went on. ‘Then they really are a Trump-deranged bunch of silly New York liberals.’
Giuliani, who ran that office in the 1980s – a position that helped launch his mayoral campaign, said he didn’t know for sure if he was being investigated.
Some of his associates have received subpoenas from SDNY requesting documents and correspondents from Giuliani or his firm, specifically ‘any actual or potential payment’ to or from Giuliani.
‘If they think I committed a crime, they’re out of their minds,’ Giuliani said. ‘I’ve been doing this for 50 years. I know how not to commit crimes. And if they think I’ve lost my integrity, maybe they’ve lost theirs in their insanity over hating Trump with some of the things they did that I never would’ve tolerated when I was U.S. Attorney.’
Two Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were indicted for campaign finance violations. The two men also reportedly helped Giuliani in his campaign to get the Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
The former mayor explained to NY Magazine why he worked with Parnas and Fruman.
‘They look like Miami people. I know a lot of Miami people that look like that that are perfectly legitimate and act like them,’ Giuliani said.
‘Neither one of them have ever been convicted of a crime. Neither one. And generally that’s my cutoff point, because if you do it based on allegations and claims and — you’re not gonna work with anybody,’ he said, laughing. ‘Particularly in business.’
He also argued the prosecutors in the Southern District of New York were jealous of his legacy, when he took out several crime families when he was top federal prosecutor in the state.
‘It’s a terrible thing to say because it will get the Southern District all upset, but I know why they’re all upset,’ Giuliani said. ‘Because they’ve never done anything like me since me. They haven’t done an eight years like I did since I left being U.S. attorney. Nothing close.’
The interview took place in The Mark Hotel, a five-star establishment on E 77th Street on the posh Upper East Side of New York City, on December 8, shortly after Giuliani returned from a trip to the Ukraine.
Giuliani ordered a Bloody Mary.
‘I’d like some sparkling water. And I know you have wonderful Bloody Marys,’ the magazine notes he told the waiter.
‘Yes, sir,’ the waiter said, ‘and I know you love them.’
‘You’re a good man!,’ Giuliani replied.
Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas (left) and Russian born businessman Igor Fruman (right) exiting the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan in October
Rudy Giuliani was spotted partying at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Saturday night
Giuliani, when he was chief U.S. Attorney in New York during the 1980s
In the interview, Giuliani downplayed an interview where his former wife Judith implied he was an alcoholic.
There have been reports Republicans have been wary of him defending the president because of the way he comes off in some of his television appearances.
‘Oh yeah, yeah — I do a lot of drugs,’ Giuliani said sarcastically. ‘There was one I was addicted to. I’ve forgotten what it is. I don’t know where the drug things come from — I really don’t. The alcohol comes from the fact that I did occasionally drink. I love scotch. I can’t help it. All of the malts. And part of it is cigars — I love to have them with cigars. I’m a partier.’
The former mayor was captured on social media over the past weekend, partying at Trump’s winter estate Mar-a-Lago, at a Studio 54 themed party there.
Giuliani, who serves as a personal lawyer to the president, said he would love a chance to defend Trump during his impeachment trial in the Senate.
‘I’m great at it. It’s what I do best as a lawyer. That’s what I would be good at,’ he said. ‘Oh, I would love it, I could rip — you know, I hate to sound like a ridiculously boastful lawyer, but cross-examining them would be, I don’t know, I could’ve done it when I was a second-year assistant U.S. Attorney. They’re a bunch of clowns.’
In addition to his work for Trump, Giuliani has set up his own consulting firm and some of the foreign clients he’s taken on have led to questions about possible conflict of interest.
And there have been reports federal prosecutors are looking into whether Giuliani should be registered as a foreign agent.
Giuliani seemed to shrug it off.
‘My attitude about my legacy is F*** it,’ he told NY magazine.