It reads stranger than fiction. Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign team has requested that significant news and network channels remove Rudy Giuliani from future news programs.
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump. While you often fact check his statements in real-time during your discussions, that is no longer enough. By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” wrote top aides Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield.
The letter continued, “We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative.”
Further demands are that if they refuse to take Giuliani off the air, then they give “an equivalent amount of time to a surrogate for the Biden campaign.”
Giuliani told The Daily Beast in a text, the Biden letter “sounds like the usual left-wing censorship. Everything I say is supported by such as today, affidavits, and statements. They are the ones who have covered up pay for play for at least five years.”
In a tweet, Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale bantered, “Can we request the removal of Democrats on TV that push hoaxes? Wait, but then who would do the interviews?”
Democrats have instigated an impeachment inquiry against President Trump after he made comments in a July phone conversation to the Ukrainian president that corruption issues may be placing U.S. interests at risk. Corruption allegations involving Joe Biden’s son Hunter set off alarm bells in the Democratic camp, and to divert the suspicions, the Democrats said the president was seeking favors from a foreign government in an attempt to influence the 2020 election outcome.
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy was asked by Fox News host Dana Perino if the president had acted improperly by asking Giuliani to collect evidence from the Ukrainian government relating to the corruption.
“The Ukrainian president is the first one to mention Rudy Giuliani, and we are in a sad state of affairs if you cannot have the attorney general, Bill Barr, ask about a piece of evidence that one point, [former FBI Director] Jim Comey and the FBI were interested in, also lots of people were interested in, the server, because it may help us prevent future attacks,” he explained.
“So if it is impeachable for the attorney general to seek a piece of relevant evidence, we’re in a weird, wild place!” Gowdy concluded. Indeed, stranger than fiction.