Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump have much in common.
They are both New Yorkers: they are both brash, and both are indelibly infected with their own grandiosities, and what comes out of their mouths can usually be described with words that we are judiciously not printing here.
Trump is finally facing impeachment, after true political pro Nancy Pelosi has had enough.
The Trumpistas have no clear plan of how to combat impeachment, other than that Cory Lewandowski wants to lead the charge to enhance his own crude political prospects.
Giuliani, a former Republican presidential candidate and former Mayor of Gotham, is one of Trump's many personal attorneys, and Rudy’s name was prominently mentioned by Trump when he spoke on the phone in July with the newly elected president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Attorney General William Barr is also one of Trump’s personal attorneys, and in the now infamous phone call in July between Trump and Zelensky, Trump repeatedly urged his obseqious and fawning Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, neither of whom did anything illegal in Ukraine (though Paul Manafort’s in prison for what he did there).
Once Rudy starts talking, it’s impossible to shut him up.
But now Rudy insists that if Trump tells him not to talk with the Impeachment Whisperers, he won’t (https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/giuliani-testimony-protected-interview/index.html).
With the clock furiously ticking toward November 3, 2020, the Democrats have a lot of work to do, quick quick.
Now that they have finally begun impeachment proceedings, Schiff & Friends are scheduling depositions.
Starting with Kurt Volker, a well-respected career Foreign Service officer who agreed to stay on at State after January 20, 2017.
Kurt Volker was a Special Envoy to Ukraine, because Vladimir Putin wants Ukraine back in the Russian fold, and Ukraine depends heavily on American military assistance.
But yesterday, Volker resigned, knowing full well that with the Ukraine Scandal swirling at high speed, he would not be able to do his job conscientiously.
Volker is not the Whistleblower, but he probably knows her/him.
All this led our chief international and financial correspondent, associate solitary reporter Larry Theis, and Sydney Williams, the CEO of the NYSE, to remind us of the Volcker Rule, named after former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker.
“The Volcker Rule and the situaiton of Kurt Volker are closely related,” ASR Theis said. “The Volcker Rule says that banks cannot make risky investments, and here we now have the courageous and sensible Kurt Volker, who is fully aware of how much risk Trump has taken in his brazen and foolhardy and highly unethical push to be able to swagger himself into the Oval Office all over again on January 20, 2021.”
Williams nodded affirmatively.
Associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, who covers Congress for us, asked Intel Chair Adam Schiff if he plans to subpoena Paul Volcker, but Schiff, who is not prone to silence, had no immediate response, though he congratulated Theis on his perspicacity.