Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives to campaign for Republican Senate hopeful Mike Braun on Nov. 3, 2018 in Franklin Township, Ind.Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images
Two Trump allies, one of whom is a former senior White House official, described a level of concern inside the White House that is far greater than Trump and his supporters have publicly acknowledged. The former official added that Giuliani’s role is particularly problematic legally because Giuliani has purely political and personal ties to Trump and has no official role with the U.S. government.
Another Trump ally said they didn’t think Trump’s conduct as revealed by the memo is impeachable, but acknowledged the ethical questions raised. That ally specifically raised concerns about Trump mentioning Biden’s name in the call, rather than just corruption more broadly.
“I wish he hadn’t said it — the Biden line,” that Trump ally said.