Not a great sign for Rudy that a Trump crony who’s as tight with the president as Gaetz is went on Trump’s least favorite network to criticize his latest Ukraine trip. Every week brings a new round of stories speculating about whether POTUS is finally ready to send Giuliani packing and rid himself of a loose cannon, but this is the strongest evidence yet that he’s moving that way. Did Trump task Gaetz with putting out the word that TrumpWorld isn’t participating in Giuliani’s new “fact-finding” mission to Ukraine?
Is it even true that TrumpWorld isn’t participating in Giuliani’s new fact-finding mission? Maybe Trump greenlit Rudy’s trip and then set about creating plausible deniability for himself via Gaetz just in case Giuliani ends up committing a raft of crimes while he’s over there. As a Twitter pal suggested, the whole trip may be a way of bolstering the GOP’s “Rudy went rogue” excuse for why so many of his diplomats came to the conclusion that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine in September.
Note this Daily Beast report, though, about anxiety inside the White House about what Rudy is up to. Trump might know, but not everyone does. Go figure that the president’s aides would be anxious about his attorney continuing to sniff around Ukraine about Burisma while Democrats are digging for impeachment material and the DOJ is investigating Giuliani for various possible criminal offenses.