President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is once again sticking his foot in his mouth.
Giuliani wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled "The Case for Impeachment Defense," in which he attempts to defend his client from the ongoing impeachment inquiry against him.
Giuliani hits many of his oft-repeated talking points during the piece:
- House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) held secretive closed-door depositions
- the so-called fake news media had wrongly painted Trump as guilty
- Trump only wanted to focus on corruption when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
But it's one line in particular that's getting ridiculed online:
"The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden."
While brevity may be the soul of wit, it's not a solid defense.
It only takes one question or one request for Trump to have solicited a foreign power to influence a U.S. election by investigating his potential 2020 opponent.
People didn't hesitate to put Giuliani through the wringer.
"Out of a whole lifetime, John Wilkes Booth spent only six seconds assassinating Abraham Lincoln" https://t.co/697dpaZnqs— Krister Johnson (@Krister Johnson) 1573613117.0
A good reminder that Trump spends significant parts of his day not committing impeachable offenses. https://t.co/4SXHN5vxQv— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr) 1573632503.0
Only six lines of a five page transcript that should not mention Joe Biden, mention Joe Biden. I wonder if the Pr… https://t.co/4dAVcb8EiO— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@Grant Stern is fully vaccinated) 1573648267.0
Out of hundreds of hours of Nixon Oval Office tapes, only 18 1/2 minutes were missing! https://t.co/tovRFoJobU— Patrick Chovanec (@Patrick Chovanec) 1573616916.0
“I bet I was in that bank lobby for a good 20 minutes and I barely mentioned to the teller that I had a gun and ord… https://t.co/c4CD7tbXxU— Harold Cook (@Harold Cook) 1573615631.0
Out of the 35 minutes I was driving drunk I only spent a few seconds crashing through the wall of a Culver's. https://t.co/t93zpf5kzB— Zach Heltzel (@Zach Heltzel) 1573614656.0
Once again, Giuliani showed that—as a lawyer—his skills seem lacking.
this is what a free lawyer would say. https://t.co/fp4iaWz8si— Jim Swift (@Jim Swift) 1573613433.0
Wow he is terrible at this https://t.co/gv6aa58ntQ— rabia O'chaudry (@rabia O'chaudry) 1573649725.0
That’s all ya got? A word count is NOT a good defense to a crime. 🙄⚖️ https://t.co/CJf7FebjKJ— Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (@Ciara Torres-Spelliscy) 1573612855.0
Public impeachment hearings into the President's actions began today. Rudy's gonna need a better defense.