Rudy Giuliani defiantly hit back at claims he is an alcoholic, saying he would be in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ if he drank heavily and was still able to pull off the career he has had.
The 79-year-old former New York mayor was asked about a New York Times report claiming his relationship with booze is the focus of prosecutors in Donald Trump’s federal election case.
He flatly rejected the allegations as he announced he was suing President Joe Biden for defamation for saying he was a ‘Russian pawn’.
‘If I had an alcohol problem, and I could do all of that, I should be in the Guinness Book of Records,’ Giuliani said at a news conference in New Hampshire, where he listed off his achievements.
‘I do not have an alcohol problem. I have never had an alcohol problem,’ he said.
Rudy Giuliani has hit back at claims he is an alcoholic in a defiant statement claiming he would be in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ if he drank during his storied career
He was asked about the report after revealing he has filed a lawsuit against Biden.
Giuliani said Biden claimed during the 2020 election that he had ties to the Kremlin and was spreading Russian disinformation.
During the October 22, 2020 debate with Trump, Biden said: ‘Buddy, Rudy Giuliani, he is being used as a Russian pawn, he is being fed information that is Russian that is not true.
Biden also said that Hunter’s laptop contained fake news.
‘Four, five former heads of the CIA say that what [Trump] is saying’ about the laptop ‘is a bunch of garbage,’ Biden said. ‘Nobody believes it except … his good friend Rudy Giuliani.’
Giuliani hinted he was looking at ‘millions and billions of dollars’ in damages, but would not specify an exact amount.
New Hampshire has more liberal defamation laws, meaning it easier for Giuliani to sue.
A New York Times report on Wednesday morning cites former aides and friends who say Giuliani’s drinking has been a ‘concern’ for the best part of a decade.
His constant drunkenness is now so predictable, writes the Times, that barmen in his favorite Midtown Manhattan cigar lounge signal when he’s had too much by tipping back an empty hand as if to mimic him.
The Times reports that Giuliani’s drinking has long been a problem, but is now of particular concern given his mounting legal woes.
According to sources close to the investigation, special counsel Jack Smith has now questioned witnesses about how much Giuliani was drinking when advising Trump on election night and in the weeks that followed, as the pair continued to deny the result.
They are curious as to whether Trump overlooked or ignored Giuliani’s ‘plain inebriation’.
It could harm any attempt by Trump to claim he was simply following the advice of his attorney if prosecutors can prove Trump knew Giuliani was drunk.
His political adviser Ted Goodman told the Times: ‘I’m with the mayor on a regular basis for the past year, and the idea that he is an alcoholic is a flat-out lie.
He flatly rejected the allegations as he announced he was suing President Joe Biden for defamation for saying he was a ‘Russian pawn’
Prosecutors are probing whether Trump overlooked Giuliani’s drunkenness and took his advice about rejecting the election result
Stephen Colbert poked fun at Giulaini’s taste for alcohol during his late night show in 2019
Giulaini toasts with Prince Andrew in February 2002 after receiving an honorary knighthood
‘[It has] become fashionable in certain circles to smear the mayor in an effort to stay in the good graces of New York’s so-called ‘high society’ and the Washington, D.C., cocktail circuit.’
‘The Rudy Giuliani you all see today is the same man who took down the mafia, cleaned up the streets of New York and comforted the nation following 9/11.’
In a 2021 NBC interview, Giuliani said: ‘I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a functioning — I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.’
Andrew Stein, the former Democratic New York City Council president who was charged with tax evasion, however insists Giuliani’s drinking is a problem.
‘It’s no secret, nor do I do him any favors if I don’t mention that problem, because he has it. It’s actually one of the saddest things I can think about in politics,’ he said.
Last year, Giuliani refuted that he’d been drunk on election night in a series of now-deleted tweets.