Rudy Giuliani sued President Joe Biden and a list of his campaign entities for defamation in a New Hampshire court on October 4. The suit claims the president defamed him as a Russian “pawn” and either lied about the Hunter Biden laptop at the Oct. 22, 2020, presidential debate or had himself been duped. The former NYC mayor announced the suit at a press conference, where he also savaged the legacy media’s recent coverage of him and his alcohol consumption.
Giuliani v. The ‘Big Guy’
“His lies cost me a good bit of my law practice. It cost me, directly, a good deal of my million-person audience on Common Sense [his podcast].” Giuliani said Biden colluded with YouTube as a co-conspirator to suppress free speech and estimated the value of the loss to his consulting business in the “millions and millions of dollars.”
During the 2020 presidential debate with Trump, Biden had said: “Buddy, Rudy Giuliani he — is being used as a Russian pawn he — is being fed information that is Russian that — is not true … ”
Later on, Biden claimed:
“[H]ey look, there are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what this (sic) he is accusing me of is a Russian plant. They have said that this is has — all the charact — four — five former heads of the CIA — both parties — say what he is saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except the his — and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani.”
Giuliani used his presser to fire back at the Special Counsel Jack Smith, criticizing the lack of prosecution against the Biden family for corruption regarding payments involving Ukraine. “When he says there’s no evidence, he means there’s a lot of evidence,” he said. “Everything you see is evidence. Evidence isn’t the proof that you’re guilty — evidence is a fact suggesting you’re guilty.”
Rudy was animated by an article published in The New York Times earlier that day titled “Giuliani’s Drinking, Long a Fraught Subject, Has Trump Prosecutors’ Attention.” He attacked the publication and the author, Maggie Haberman:
“It’s a big damn lie by a newspaper that’s a disgrace and by a reporter who covered me you used to cover me very — very in a very glowing way and now is vicious and mean in what she does.”
At that moment, a young member of Giuliani’s entourage tried to stop the press conference by shouting “Thank you” into the mic before being rebuffed by the former Trump lawyer. “It’s my press conference,” he said before concluding that Haberman was “vicious and mean” and that she “should be thrown out of the profession for being a damn liar.”
One of Giuliani’s attorneys said the suit was filed in New Hampshire because the state offered a favorable venue for defamation plaintiffs. The complaint asks for a jury trial. President Biden has yet to respond to the complaint.