Rudy Giuliani dismisses Columbus’ atrocities in conversation with Steve Bannon: ‘Did he do anything that other men and women of his age would have done? No.’

Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters
President Donald Trump’s lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was always “buzzed,” according to Michael Wolff’s new book.

  • Rudy Giuliani discussed the controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus with Steve Bannon on Monday.
  • Giuliani suggested the Italian explorer didn’t do anything that others of his time wouldn’t have.
  • Most historians acknowledge that Columbus committed and allowed his men to commit several crimes.

Rudy Giuliani appeared to shrug off the many crimes attributed to Christopher Columbus during a conversation on Steve Bannon’s “Real America’s Voice” on Monday.

The conversation between the two Trump associates coincided with the celebration of Columbus Day 2021, a national holiday meant to commemorate the Italian explorer’s arrival to the Americas in 1492.

Criticism of the holiday’s namesake has surged in recent decades, with Indigenous Americans and other groups protesting the celebration of a man who most historians believe committed and allowed his men to commit atrocities, including rape, enslavement, and murder.

But when asked about the infamous explorer by Bannon on Monday, Giuliani seemed to handwave the countless allegations against Columbus, as first reported by Raw Story.

“Did he engage in some immoral acts himself?” Giuliani said. “Did he allow his crew to do it? There seems to be evidence that he did. But we don’t know that for sure. It’s hundreds of years ago.”

“Did he do anything that other men and women of his age would have done? No,” he added. “And have all of our other heroes done that? I mean, John F. Kennedy – now it’s a different age, but now we know things about John F. Kennedy that make him considerably less than perfect.”

The former New York mayor went on to compare Columbus’ purported crimes to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt turning away a ship of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis during World War II.

“I can find any single one of their heroes, on the left and on the right,” he said.

In recent years, several US states and cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in order to acknowledge the atrocities committed against Native communities throughout America’s history.

President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day last week, declaring the holiday would be observed on October 11 in honor of America’s first inhabitants.

In a White House release acknowledging that the holiday will share a date with Columbus Day, Biden encouraged the country to not bury “shameful episodes of our past.”

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Rudy Giuliani testified that he represented Trump’s 2020 campaign for free because the former president ‘ordered me to do it’

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Rudy Giuliani.

  • Rudy Giuliani said former President Donald Trump ordered him to represent his campaign for free, according to court documents.
  • Giuliani had been called to testify in a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Dominion Voting Systems employee.
  • Giuliani said in the deposition that Trump told him to “go over and take over the campaign, tell them you’re in charge.”

Rudy Giuliani testified that he represented former President Donald Trump for free after the 2020 election because Trump “ordered me to do it,” newly released court documents show.

Giuliani had led the Trump campaign’s effort to contest the 2020 election results by filing dozens of lawsuits that claimed there was widespread election fraud, all of which were thrown out by federal judges. An executive for Dominion Voting Systems, Eric Coomer, subsequently brought defamation lawsuits against Giuliani, former federal prosecutor Sydney Powell, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, alleging that they knowingly spread false information about his involvement in election fraud.

In a newly released deposition transcript, Coomer’s attorney, Charles Cain, asked Giuliani if he was ever paid to represent the Trump campaign. Cain noted that Giuliani said in a sweaty, conspiracy-theory-filled November 19 press conference that he was representing both Trump personally and the Trump campaign.

Giuliani replied that he was not paid to represent the campaign and had only been reimbursed for his expenses, according to the transcript. Cain then asked Giuliani why he would represent the Trump campaign without compensation.

“The president – the president ordered me to do it,” Giuliani replied.

Trump had previously cut off Giuliani and was refusing to pay his legal bills, according to Michael Wolff’s book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.” The amount that Trump may owe Giuliani is unclear, but Maria Ryan, a Giuliani associate, told The New York Times that Giuliani gave a rate of $20,000-per-day to the Trump campaign for his work on the election lawsuits.

In the deposition transcript, Giuliani told Cain that Trump called him into the Oval Office on “either the 4th or the 5th” of November 2020 – after the presidential election – and told him to “go over and take over the campaign, tell them you’re in charge.”

Giuliani’s attorney, Joe Sibley, immediately reminded the former New York City mayor not to disclose information about his conversation with Trump that could be protected by attorney-client privilege, according to the transcript.

“It doesn’t matter if he made the statement. Don’t disclose it if it’s attorney/client privilege,” Sibley said, to which Giuliani replied that he would be “very careful” not to disclose any privileged information.

“He said go over and tell them you’re in charge, it’s got to be straightened out,” Giuliani said, noting that he wasn’t sure if Trump wanted him to take over the entire campaign or only the campaign’s legal representation.

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Rudy Giuliani admits under oath that he got some of his ‘evidence’ of alleged election fraud from Facebook

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Rudy Giuliani.

  • Rudy Giuliani has been sued by former Dominion employee Eric Coomer for promoting election fraud conspiracy theories.
  • Giuliani admitted under oath that he did not verify the claims about Coomer before naming him in a press conference.
  • In the deposition, Giuliani said some of his evidence was based on Coomer’s Facebook posts.
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Rudy Giuliani admitted under oath that his “evidence” of voter fraud in the 2020 election came partly from Facebook and that he did not interview or fact-check his sources, reports say.

Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer made the comments in a deposition on August 14 in relation to a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Dominion Voting Systems employee, Eric Coomer, MSNBC reported.

Coomer is suing the Trump campaign and others for promoting baseless conspiracy theories that he helped “rig” the election for Joe Biden.

In the deposition, Giuliani admitted that he got some of his information about Coomer’s alleged role in the election fraud from his social media posts but couldn’t be sure if it was Facebook or another platform, MSNBC said.

“Those social media posts get all one to me,” Giuliani said.

When questioned about whether he saw any other evidence linking Coomer with election fraud, he responded, “Right now, I can’t recall anything else that I laid eyes on.”

The conspiracy theories about Coomer were sparked by accusations made by right-wing podcast host Joe Oltmann.

Oltmann claimed to have infiltrated an Antifa conference call in which someone who identified themselves as “Eric from Dominion” boasted about preventing Trump from winning the election, The New York Times reported. Oltmann offered no proof of his claims.

The podcast host then found Eric Coomer’s Facebook profile, on which he supposedly had written anti-Trump messages.

Giuliani and other Trump allies seized upon Oltmann’s allegations, repeating them in a now-infamous November 19 press conference.

” One of the Smartmatic patent holders, Eric Coomer, I believe his name is, is on the web as being recorded in a conversation with ANTIFA members saying that he had the election rigged for Mr. Biden,” Giuliani said.

But according to court papers filed by Coomer’s lawyers, Giuliani spent “virtually no time” investigating the claims.

The filings said that Giuliani did not speak to Oltmann about the claims and did not reach out to Coomer or Dominion about them.

Giuliani said he was too busy when asked why he repeated Oltmann’s accusations without verifying them.

“It’s not my job in a fast-moving case to go out and investigate every piece of evidence that’s given to me,” Giuliani said in the deposition, reported by MSNBC.

“Why wouldn’t I believe him? I would have to have been a terrible lawyer… gee, let’s go find out it’s untrue. I didn’t have the time to do that.”

After being named by Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell in the November press conference, Coomer briefly had to go into hiding.

Trump and his allies have continued to promote baseless conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

The Justice Department has said it found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the election, and dozens of lawsuits challenging the results of the 2020 election have failed.

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Sidney Powell countersues Dominion Voting Systems after failing to get its lawsuit against her tossed in court

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Attorney Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2020.

  • Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell countersued Dominion Voting Systems, per a Bloomberg report.
  • Powell, who accused Dominion of manipulating the election, faces a $1.3 billion defamation suit.
  • The attorney has been unable to get Dominion’s suit tossed and is seeking $10 million in damages.
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Sidney Powell, the attorney who filed multiple lawsuits in an effort to overturn former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss, on Friday filed a countersuit against the voting-technology company she accused of manipulating the results, according to new court documents.

Powell emerged a key figure in the spread of election conspiracy theories last year, falsely claiming that Dominion Voting Systems tilted the US election to boost now-President Joe Biden.

She also alleged – without evidence – that Dominion secretly aided a rival election-technology company, Smartmatic, and had links to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Powell earlier this year in pursuit of $1.3 billion in damages. Powell has been unable to get the lawsuit tossed in court and subsequently filed her counterclaim against company on Friday.

In her filing against Dominion, Powell called the company’s demand for $1.3 billion “ludicrous,” and said the company’s legal action was “diverting attention from the failings of its election equipment, trying to change the ‘narrative’ that was exposing Dominion’s serious flaws and wrongdoing, and avoiding post-election inquiry into voting irregularities in the 2020 election.”

She is seeking $10 million in damages.

In May, Powell’s lawyers argued that their client was being unfairly targeted among individuals who falsely claimed that Dominion conspired to alter the election results against Trump. Their filing, which was intended to support a motion to dismiss the case, argued that Dominion lacked the standing to sue Powell.

In August, a federal judge denied motions by Powell, former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in seeking to toss defamation lawsuits brought against them by Dominion.

Despite her claims, Powell has so far been unable to validate any of the election theories or irregularities that she claims were prevalent in the 2020 election, and state election officials have roundly dismissed her accusations.

Powell, whom Trump brought on to his legal team during the turbulent post-election period in November 2020, was eventually purged from the campaign team. But just weeks later, The New York Times reported that Trump had invited Powell to the White House to discuss the possibility of her becoming a special counsel investigating voter fraud.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham dismissed Rudy Giuliani’s election-fraud arguments as the work of a third-grader, book says

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Sen. Lindsey Graham with President Donald Trump at the White House in January 2019.

  • Lindsey Graham was reportedly unimpressed with Rudy Giuliani’s voter-fraud arguments.
  • He described them as “third grade”, according to a new book, ‘Peril’, by Woodward and Costa.
  • Graham ultimately voted to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump on January 6.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina described Rudy Giuliani’s arguments that the 2020 election had been tainted by mass fraud as suitable for the “third grade,” according to extracts of the new Bob Woodward book “Peril.”

The anecdote was published by The Washington Post the latest in a string of explosive revelations from “Peril.” The book, which Woodward co-wrote with Robert Costa, describes the chaotic end of the Trump administration.

According to the extract Graham, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, met Giuliani in the White House on January 2 to see what evidence they had assembled to advance their baseless claims of fraud.

At the meeting, Giuliani discussed the election fraud evidence which he claimed could secure Trump a second term.

The meeting was reportedly convened in the West Wing office of Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Per the extract, a data official working for Giuliani said that the level of support shown for Joe Biden in some areas was unrealistic.

Graham, though, was reportedly unimpressed.

“Give me some names,” Graham reportedly said. “You need to put it in writing. You need to show me the evidence.”

Several days later Giuliani’s team are said to have sent dossiers of evidence to Graham’s office, which the senator passed to Lee Holmes, the top attorney on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham chairs.

Holmes thought the evidence was unpersuasive, and was unable to even establish that some of the source material even existed.

“Holmes found the sloppiness, the overbearing tone of certainty, and the inconsistencies disqualifying,” the authors write, according to the Post. The memos, he determined, “added up to nothing.”

Privately, Graham’s assessment was withering, according to the authors, saying the arguments were suitable for the “third grade.”

Graham was among the Republican members of Congress who’d been receptive to Trump’s voter fraud claims.

He even contacted Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in November to discuss blocking the certification of some postal votes.

But ultimately Graham voted to certify Biden’s election January 6, in a vote that was disrupted by the Capitol riot, when Trump supporters attacked Congress.

“Count me out. Enough is enough. I’ve tried to be helpful,” said Graham on the Senate floor, distancing himself from the campaign to overturn the election.

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Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie felt that Sidney Powell was peddling ‘concocted bullshit’ about the 2020 election: book

David Bossie
Donald Trump, left, reacts to the crowd as he shakes hands with co-host David Bossie at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, May 9, 2015, in Greenville, S.C.

  • David Bossie felt that Sidney Powell peddled “concocted bullshit” in challenging the 2020 election, per a new book.
  • As Bossie saw Giuliani and Powell walk into the White House, he panicked, according to the book.
  • Bossie was reportedly set to lead Trump’s election challenge but was sidelined by the coronavirus.
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Days after the November election, then-President Donald Trump was continuing to plot a strategy for getting enough votes to secure a second term in the White House, despite the reality that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had just been declared the president-elect.

David Bossie, a former Trump deputy campaign manager in 2016 and an outside advisor, told the president that he had a tough road ahead, according to a new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

While Trump was intent on forging ahead with his battle, Bossie knew that the process needed to be done “the right way,” a feeling that was even more pronounced when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell were set to deeply influence the Trump campaign legal strategy, as Woodward and Costa detailed in “Peril.”

During a conversation with Trump, Bossie, who is the president and chairman of the conservative organization Citizens United, stressed that an election fight would require an inordinate amount of work.

“You know, this is going to be hard,” he told the president, according to the book. “We need to do this the right way, methodically, and work hard at it. But we can fight this and win.”

He emphasized: “It’s going to be difficult. It’s going to be an uphill battle.”

When Trump pushed back and asked Bossie whether they should pursue a challenge, Bossie reiterated that fighting “for every legal ballot” would be the mission.

“How do we find the 10,000 votes that we need in Arizona? How do we find the 12,000 that we need in Georgia?” the president asked, according to the book. “What about the military ballots? Are they all in?”

The next day, Trump suggested that Bossie could “keep the trains running” in leading the effort to challenge the election and “let Rudy do Rudy,” according to the book.

However, Bossie would soon test positive for the coronavirus, which effectively sidelined him from the election challenge as he would need to self-quarantine.

“Bossie was angry. He knew Trump was about to give him the reins of the election fight. It would be a huge public role. But he now had to isolate and leave the White House grounds. Those were the rules,” the book said.

From where Bossie was sitting at the Old Executive Office Building just west of the White House, he could see Giuliani and Powell.

Powell had emerged a key figure in the spread of election conspiracy theories, falsely claiming that Dominion Voting Systems tilted the US presidential election to help Biden. She also alleged – without evidence – that Dominion secretly aided a rival election-technology company, Smartmatic, and had links to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The voting-machine companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have filed defamation lawsuits against Powell over her involvement in spreading the baseless conspiracy theory.

As Bossie saw Giuliani and Powell walk into the White House, he panicked, according to the book.

Bossie thought that Powell peddled “concocted bullshit,” according to the book, but he was now helpless to stop her, as she would soon become part of Trump’s inner election circle, with some added turbulence that would arise.

Giuliani and Powell would later clash spectacularly, with the former mayor, an ardent Trump backer, even questioning some of her most outlandish election theories.

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Trump said he tapped Giuliani to lead his election lawsuits because ‘none of the sane lawyers’ could represent him, book says

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, gestures as he speaks after media announced that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 7, 2020.

  • Trump told Lindsey Graham that Giuliani was his lawyer because no “sane lawyers” would represent him, a new book says.
  • “None of the sane lawyers can represent me because they’ve been pressured,” Trump said, per the book.
  • He also acknowledged that Giuliani was “crazy” and “says crazy shit.”
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President Donald Trump said in November that he picked former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to lead his election legal challenges because no “sane lawyers” could represent him.

That’s according to “Peril,” by The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, an early copy of which Insider obtained.

The book said that Trump shrugged off warnings that Giuliani and the GOP lawyer Sidney Powell’s claims about mass voter fraud in the 2020 election were becoming untethered from reality. Those concerns intensified after Giuliani and Powell held a rambling, sweaty news conference alleging that a global communist conspiracy was responsible for thwarting Trump in the election.

“They were just beyond bizarre,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told Trump afterward, according to the book. “And I think it took a lot of the air out of the balloon that the challenges are so unfocused, haphazard and conspirational.” He added that the news conference, during which black liquid was seen trickling down Giuliani’s face, “accelerated the beginning of the end.”

But Trump brushed Graham off, Woodward and Costa reported. He also told advisors of Giuliani: “He’s crazy. He says crazy shit. I get it. But none of the sane lawyers can represent me because they’ve been pressured. The actual lawyers have been told they cannot represent my campaign.”

Woodward and Costa’s reporting adds another layer to what the author Michael Wolff wrote in his book, “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency.”

Specifically, he wrote that in the days after the election, when Giuliani returned to Trump’s inner circle, Trump “explained to a caller that he knew Rudy took a drink too many, and that he was a loose cannon, and that he said a lot of shit that was not true.”

But Trump acknowledged that “Rudy would fight. He could be counted on to fight even when others wouldn’t. And, too, he would work for free,” Wolff wrote.

Giuliani’s longtime assistant did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By January 6, Wolff wrote, many core administration officials and White House staffers had left or largely distanced themselves from the action. They left only a small circle of aides who were still involved in Trump’s day-to-day activities and, with the White House counsel’s office largely checked out, all the departures centered Giuliani as Trump’s main legal confidant.

Giuliani, Wolff said, “was drinking heavily and in a constant state of excitation, often almost incoherent in his agitation and mania” in the lead-up to the violent Capitol insurrection on January 6. Giuliani was obsessed with the idea that then-Vice President Mike Pence could somehow preclude Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, Wolff wrote.

“There is no question, none at all, that the VP can do this. That’s a fact. The Constitution gives him the authority not to certify. It goes back to the state legislatures,” Giuliani said repeatedly on the phone to Trump and anyone else who would listen, Wolff wrote.

In reality, Congress does not “certify” slates of electoral votes, but counts and affirms the Electoral College votes submitted by states, and the vice president’s role in that process is only ceremonial. They do not have the power to “send back” certificates to state legislatures, who do not certify presidential elections in the first place.

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Then-CIA director Gina Haspel said Trump’s post-election behavior was ‘insanity’ and he was ‘acting out like a 6-year-old with a tantrum,’ book says

Gina Haspel
Former CIA Director Gina Haspel

  • Gina Haspel said Trump was “acting out like a six-year-old with a tantrum” after the 2020 election, a new book says.
  • “We are on the way to a right-wing coup. The whole thing is insanity,” Haspel told Gen. Mark Milley.
  • Haspel was particularly unnerved by Trump’s firing of Defense Sec. Mark Esper, the book says.
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Then-Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel vented to the US’ top general that former President Donald Trump was “acting out like a six-year-old with a tantrum” in the wake of the 2020 election, according to a new book.

In addition to refusing to concede the 2020 election to President Joe Biden and pushing groundless and outlandish claims of election fraud, Trump fired (or tried to fire) a number of top officials – most prominently including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on November 9.

“Yesterday was appalling,” Haspel said in her November 10 conversation with Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s forthcoming book “Peril.”

“We are on the way to a right-wing coup. The whole thing is insanity. He is acting out like a six-year-old with a tantrum,” Haspel, a 35-year veteran of the agency, said, with the authors writing that she, too, was afraid of being canned.

Milley assured Haspel that “we’re going to be steady,” according to the book. “Steady as a rock. We’re going to keep our eye on the horizon. Keep alert to any risks, dangers. Keep the channels open.”

“Peril” and other books on the final months of the Trump administration released this summer pull back the curtain on the chaotic final weeks after the 2020 election, with Trump’s behavior alarming many senior officials.

In “Peril,” Woodward and Costa reveal that Milley placed a call to his counterpart in China to tell him “that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay” and that he would warn him if the US were to attack China.

One official, however, told Politico that the conversation was “grossly mischaracterized” in the book, and the Pentagon has defended Milley, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby recently telling reporters that “it is not only common, it’s expected that a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would continue to have counterpart conversations.”

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost reported that then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also expressed concerns to at least one person that Trump would enter into a foreign conflict to try and stay in office after losing the 2020 election.

Trump’s firing of Esper not only unnerved Haspel but alienated another top advisor, David Urban, who told the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner that it was “a dick move” that made Trump “look out of control,” Bender’s book said.

The book also says both Pompeo and Milley feared that the new officials brought into the Defense Department and White House after the 2020 election were conspiracy theorists and could even have “links to neo-Nazi groups.”

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Giuliani denies being drunk in rambling 9/11 speech where he did an impression of the Queen, saying he only had one whisky

Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani.

  • Rudy Giuliani denied being drunk in rambling 9/11 speech where he did an impression of the Queen.
  • Giuliani told the Daily Mail he only drank one whisky beforehand.
  • Giuliani previously denied being an alcoholic after Trump reportedly said he drank too much.
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Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani denied being drunk during a rambling speech marking the anniversary of 9/11.

Video of the address went went viral, showing him doing an impression of Queen Elizabeth II, and prompting some commentators to speculate that he had been drinking.

He told that he had a single measure of scotch whisky at the Cipriani restaurant in Manhattan before giving the speech on Friday, the day before the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks.

He said efforts to portray him as drunk are a political smear.

“Yes I had a scotch. But I was not drunk. There is a deliberate attempt [by] the left-wing to paint me that way,” he told the Mail.

He insisted that the last time he was drunk was in college, and that now he drinks only “moderate amounts of scotch.”

There was widespread speculation on social media last week about whether he had been drunk during the speech after he adopted an English accent and recited an anecdote about the Queen making him an “honorary knight” after the attacks.

He also denied being associated with Prince Andrew and underage girls during the speech – a reference to the ongoing court case in which one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers is suing Andrew.

He also attacked President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after saying “I shouldn’t get into this.”

Giuliani told the Mail that his impression of the Queen was not meant to be mocking. That is “an interpretation that’s totally unfair. I use an English accent,” he said.

“And I have never mocked it. I just like to use an English – I imitate Churchill sometimes.”

Giuliani in August denied being an alcoholic after Trump White House staffers described him as one.

In an interview with NBC New York, he said he had “never” had a drinking problem.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done an interview drunk. I mean, I drink normally. I like scotch, I drink scotch,” he said.

“I’m not an alcoholic. I’m a functioning – I probably function more effectively than 90 percent of the population.”

The author Michael Wolff had reported in his book about the Trump White House that Donald Trump had said Giuliani drank too much.

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Video captures Rudy Giuliani’s rambling speech at a 9/11 dinner in which he impersonated Queen Elizabeth II

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Former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

  • Rudy Giuliani gave a rambling speech at his annual 9/11 dinner in a Manhattan restaurant.
  • The former mayor impersonated Queen Elizabeth and said he has never socialized with disgraced Prince Andrew.
  • Giuliani also described how he wanted to grab Gen. Mark Milley’s awarded stars and “shove it down his throat.”
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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani gave a rambling speech at his annual 9/11 dinner.

In video clips, Giuliani can be seen impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and talking about wanting to get into a physical altercation with Gen. Mark Milley.

Giuliani claimed that Queen Elizabeth II offered him a knighthood in one clip, which he turned down.

“I turned down a knighthood because if you took a knighthood, you had to lose your citizenship,” Giuliani said.

The former mayor was given an honorary title by the Queen in 2001 and was not required to give up his citizenship.

Giuliani went on to talk about Prince Andrew, who has recently been served papers in a lawsuit from Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

“I know Prince Andrew is very questionable now. I never went out with him. Ever!” Giuliani continued.

“Never had a drink with him, never was with a woman or young girl with him. Ever, ever, ever.”

In another clip, Giuliani criticized States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Gen. Mark Milley.

“How’s that guy a general?,” Giuliani said about Gen. Milley.

Giuliani criticized Gen. Milley for describing Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan as “not strategically important.”

“I wanted to grab his stars and shove it down his throat and say, ‘it’s 400 miles from China, asshole! China is going to be our enemy for the next 40 years! You have an airbase 400 miles from them and you’re giving it up? Idiot! What the hell is wrong with you? Who pays you? Christ!'”

Giuliani also slammed Joe Biden’s Afghanistan policy.

“What Biden did in the last two weeks is freaking insane,” Giuliani said, to applause from the audience.

The former mayor also spoke about his own role overseeing the aftermath of 9/11 in New York City.

“20 years ago, I did my job for the country. I’m very proud of it,” he said.

New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman said the event took place at a Cipriani restaurant and that lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova were in attendance and former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

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