The presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Joe Biden contacted executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox News on Sunday and demanded that they no longer book Trump lawyer Rudy Guiliani on their networks because Biden does not want the attorney talking about the allegations surrounding the Biden-Ukraine corruption scandal.
“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,” the letter stated. “Giving Rudy Giuliani valuable time on your air to push these lies in the first place is a disservice to your audience and a disservice to journalism.”
“While you often fact check his statements in real time during your discussions, that is no longer enough,” the letter continued. “By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation.”
“We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump,” the letter added.
Giuliani tweeted out a copy of the letter, writing: “The Bidens are clearly rattled by the affidavit showing there is a named accuser and not an anonymous source, who is ready to testify! Reminds me of the reaction to the corrupt pols of the 70’s and 80’s. They have their Dem media trying to destroy my reputation and silence me!”
The Bidens are clearly rattled by the affidavit showing there is a named accuser and not an anonymous source, who is ready to testify! Reminds me of the reaction to the corrupt pols of the 70’s and 80’s. They have their Dem media trying to destroy my reputation and silence me! pic.twitter.com/xQ2isIPzos
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 29, 2019
The scandal involving Biden has continued to widen in recent days as the Democrats have sought to impeach President Donald Trump for asking Ukraine to look into the allegations of corruption surrounding the former vice president and his son, Hunter.
Trump has been rapidly escalating his attacks on Biden over the scandal as Biden has started to drop in major national polls after showing that he is not as sharp as he used to be, and questions have arisen surrounding his fitness for office from members of his own party.
On Friday, Trump tweeted out a video highlighting the scandal, which garnered 10 million views off of his Twitter account alone, writing: “I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP!”
I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP! pic.twitter.com/U7WxKrO6Kx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2019
The move by Biden’s campaign was widely criticized online by members of the media and other notable figures.
The Hill’s Saagar Enjeti wrote: “This is not inviting nearly enough mockery.”
Journalist Yashar Ali wrote: “This seems like a really foolish strategy on many levels.”
Actor Adam Baldwin wrote: “As if Team Trump hasn’t read and is readying the declassification and release of Biden’s Ukraine & China communications…”
Leftist CNN commentator Bakari Sellers wrote: “This is a horrible idea and tactic by Biden camp. Giuliani is horrible but this ain’t it.”
Ted Cruz advisor Ron Nehring wrote: “This is a colossally stupid thing to do.”
New reporting from The Hill’s John Solomon has found that there is significantly more to the story than what Biden has alleged happened and what the media has been reporting on.
Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents — many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles — conflict with Biden’s narrative.
And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
For instance, Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered “an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting. The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor’s firing was announced.