Recent revelations that the FBI monitored calls to and from Michael Cohen’s phones before the raid on his home, office, and hotel rooms, and the usual suspects are making much ado of the news. One of those who usual suspects is President Donald Trump’s newest pet lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who’s weirdly connecting the dots between the FBI and Nazis, Mediaite notes.
Referring to the FBI’s raid on Cohen, Giuliani told Hannity Thursday that:
“The question there was — the only possible violation there would be, was a campaign finance violation, which usually would result in a fine, by the way, not this big, storm troopers coming in and breaking down his apartment, and breaking down his office.”
The seeming comparison between the FBI and Nazi storm troopers rankled some — especially James Comey, who defended the agency in a tweet.
I know the New York FBI. There are no “stormtroopers” there; just a group of people devoted to the rule of law and the truth. Our country would be better off if our leaders tried to be like them, rather than comparing them to Nazis.
— James Comey (@Comey) May 3, 2018
“Earlier today, NBC News reported that there was a wiretap on the phones of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, citing two separate sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen.”
The network added:
“But three senior U.S. officials dispute that, saying that the monitoring of Cohen’s phones was limited to a log of calls, known as a pen register, not a wiretap where investigators can actually listen to calls.”
“NBC News has changed the headline and revised parts of the original article.”
In his interview with The Daily Beast, before NBC announcing its correction, Giuliani expressed doubt about the accuracy of the report.
“Us lawyers have talked about it, we don’t believe it’s true. We think it’s going to be untrue because it’s totally illegal. You can’t wiretap a lawyer, you certainly can’t wiretap his client who’s not involved in the investigation. No one has suggested that Trump was involved in that investigation. So they’re going to wiretap the lawyer, his client, and his client, the President of the United States? I don’t think so, not if they want to stay out of jail.”
He summed things up with this:
“Disclosing a wiretap is a federal felony. I never took ’em home when I was a U.S. attorney.”
After NBC issued its correction, Giuliani speculated that someone in the Justice Department was behind the initial leak.
“Nobody else would know about it. Cohen didn’t know about it, so it has to be the FBI, the independent counsel, or the Justice Department.”
So far, so good. Giuliani avoids the FBI/Nazi stormtrooper comparison. But wait a minute… Wait for it:
“Anybody who says that I’m exaggerating when I say that this is an out-of-control investigation and they’re acting like storm troopers — give me a break, baby! They prove it every day.”
Bam! There it is. Giuliani can’t seem to resist making that comparison. And he had the gall to tell The Hill that his stormtrooper remarks aren’t referring to Nazis.
“There are storm troopers all over. If you don’t like it, don’t act that way.”
But a quick look at the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines storm trooper as:
“A member of a private Nazi party notorious for aggressiveness, violence, and brutality.”
“One that resembles a Nazi storm trooper.”
Unless, of course, he’s referring to one of these guys:
And with Giuliani, you really never know now do you?
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