Giuliani Gets It Wrong In Tweets Criticizing Trump Tax Scheme Charges

Along time ago, before his life devolved to its current state, Rudy Giuliani was a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. One of his highest profile cases was the one where he nailed “Queen of Mean” hotelier Leona Helmsley for income tax evasion and sent her to prison.

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Today, of course, Giuliani is an arch defender of all things Trump. In two Friday morning tweets the former prosecutor labeled the income tax fraud charges filed yesterday against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, “another example that the NY justice system is an instrument of Democrat persecution of its enemies.” He also played the “whataboutism” card, correctly but incoherently pointing out that the criminal tax case “ignores record increases in homicide and shootings.”

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Giuliani, who couldn’t be bothered to correctly spell the Trump executive’s last name, also referred to what prosecutors have called an “audacious” scheme, as a “15 year old tax case.” The fact is that the tax evasion scheme is alleged to have begun in 2005 and continued for 15 years, ending just last month.

A second tweet repeated that factual error, stating, “If this were anything but prosecutorial extortion, the IRS would have referred this for criminal prosecution 15 years ago, or joined this case now.” It should be noted that not once did Giuliani assert that the twice-impeached former president’s company or Weisselberg are not guilty of the second degree larceny and conspiracy charges.

Giuliani himself is facing legal difficulties. His New York law license has been suspended for him making “demonstrably false” statements in court about the 2020 election. And his home and office recently were raided by federal authorities who are investigating potentially illegal lobbying activities he allegedly performed. He is the target of separate investigations involving his activities in Turkey and Ukraine.

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