Giuliani says he’d testify at Trump’s Senate trial, adds, ‘I’d love to try the case’

Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.Evan Vucci / AP

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, suggested that he’d lead the president’s defense with a prosecution.

“I don’t know if anybody would have the courage to give me the case, but if you give me the case, I will prosecute it as a racketeering case, which I kind of invented anyway,” he said, referring to his pioneering use of racketeering laws to take down New York mob leadership in the 1980s.

Trump’s allies and top Republicans have urged the president to distance himself from Giuliani, who is reportedly being investigated by federal prosecutors who have arrested two of his associates on charges of violating campaign finance laws.

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing, telling New York magazine in an interview published last week that if prosecutors are investigating him, “they’re idiots.”

In the same interview, Giuliani said he wanted to represent Trump in the Senate so he could cross-examine Democrats.

“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.”

Giuliani’s claims that the Bidens were involved in criminality in Kyiv — for which there’s no credible evidence — led to Trump’s demand that the country investigate them, which resulted in the president’s impeachment.

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