Giuliani rips ex-Trump official who criticized him

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe Horowitz: 'Very concerned' about FBI leaks to Giuliani MORE on Tuesday ripped former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, accusing him of being “bitter” about his exit from the administration after the ex-aide admonished Giuliani’s role in pushing theories about Ukraine.

In an interview with The Hill, Giuliani blasted Bossert for his comments on ABC’s “This Week” in which the former adviser blamed the president’s attorney for reinforcing a “debunked” theory about Ukraine’s role in 2016 election interference.

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“Tom Bossert’s not a lawyer. Tom Bossert wouldn’t know how to defend a bunny rabbit accused of going into a pumpkin patch,” said Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney. “And he completely embarrassed himself the other day when he announced that Biden had been cleared.”

“He got kicked out of the White House and he’s bitter,” Giuliani added. “And he has some nerve questioning my legal strategy when he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”

Giuliani appeared to conflate Bossert’s criticism of the theory that Ukraine was involved in the 2016 election with his comments about Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE

Bossert did not say on “This Week” that Biden was cleared of wrongdoing. Rather, he said he was “deeply disturbed” by President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE’s call urging the Ukrainian leader to look into Biden, but that it was unproven that there was any abuse of power.

Bossert, who was Trump’s homeland security adviser until April 2018 when he was ousted amid a staff shuffle under then-national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDemocrats seek leverage for trial USA Today editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE, criticized Giuliani for amplifying a conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s involvement in 2016 election interference. 

“I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again and for clarity here, George, let me just again repeat that it has no validity,” Bossert told ABC’s George Stephanopoulous in an interview that aired Sunday. 

Bossert said the U.S. government “reached its conclusion on attributing to Russia the DNC hack in 2016 before it even communicated it to the FBI, long before the FBI ever knocked on the door at the DNC.”

Neither Bossert nor a spokesperson for his employer immediately responded to a request for comment on Giuliani’s fresh criticisms.

Trump raised the issue of 2016 election interference in a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump asked him to investigate Ukraine’s potential involvement and offered to put him in touch with Giuliani and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence MORE, who has initiated an inquiry into the origins of the Russian interference investigation and intelligence collection on the Trump campaign. 

Trump also encouraged Zelensky to investigate unsubstantiated allegations against Biden on the call, which is at the heart of an intelligence community whistleblower complaint and House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump.

“I really don’t care about the criticisms of people who don’t know my case,” Giuliani said Tuesday, defending his work for the president from criticisms from Bossert and others. “I’ve been doing this for many, many years. I know exactly what I’m doing. And the only reason I’m commenting on it is I really want to get the point out that there’s sworn testimony implicating Biden.”

Giuliani has made looking into allegations of corruption involving Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden a chief focus of his work as Trump’s attorney.

Trump and Giuliani have alleged that Biden acted improperly in threatening to withhold loans from Ukraine if the government did not fire then-prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, who had been looking into the founder of a gas company where Biden’s son, Hunter, worked on the board. Shokin was accused of overlooking corruption in Ukraine.

There is no evidence that either Biden committed a crime, but Trump’s allies have seized on the appearance of a conflict of interest. 

Giuliani's comments attacking Bossert could be seen as a warning to other former administration officials or Republicans who go public with criticisms of the president or the Ukraine narrative.

The former New York City mayor told The Hill that he was confident he would be vindicated at the end of the Ukraine saga for his efforts to uncover corruption and his work for Trump. 

Giuliani likened it to his defense of Trump during former special counsel Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, arguing the outcome would be similarly favorable for his client. 

“If they don’t like my strategy I really don’t give a damn,” he said. “They didn’t like my strategy when I was defending him against Mueller.”