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Comey Shreds Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani For Smearing FBI Agents As Nazi ‘Stormtroopers’ After Cohen Raid

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Comey Shreds Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani For Smearing FBI Agents As Nazi ‘Stormtroopers’ After Cohen Raid

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recently joined President Trump’s legal team, called FBI agents who raided the offices of Trump’s personal lawyer, Nazi “stormtroopers” during his interview with Fox News Wednesday night.

Fired FBI Director James Comey ripped Giuliani for the remark, Tweeting: “I know the New York FBI. There are no “stormtroopers” there; just a group of people devoted to the rule of law and the truth. Our country would be better off if our leaders tried to be like them, rather than comparing them to Nazis.”

Giuliani’s “stormtroopers” smear appears to have been overshadowed by his bombshell revelation that President Trump had reimbursed his personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 he paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about their alleged affair, contradicting Cohen’s claims that he made the payment with his own money.

As NY Magazine notes:

The Washington Post’s account of Giuliani’s interview noted the remark in a single sentence, in the 30th paragraph of its story. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Politico’s account of Giuliani’s interview did not even mention the stormtrooper remark at all.

No doubt the flurry of hair-on-fire legal jeopardy unleashed by Giuliani’s remarks helped bury the newsworthiness of his stormtrooper line. Still, the casualness with which the line was uttered and received does indicate something important about the way Republican thinking about law enforcement has evolved. The party’s respect for the rule of law is disintegrating before our eyes, and in its place is forming a Trumpian conviction that the law must be an instrument of reactionary power.

CNN’s Brian Stelter noted that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell brought up the Nazi history of Giuliani’s “stormtroopers” remark shortly after he made the comment.

MSNBC Justice & Security Analyst Matthew Miller, who previously served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice,  slammed Giuliani’s “despicable” remarks on Twitter:

During an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Miller ripped into the Giuliani and called on the President to issue an apology for his remarks on Fox News:

“This was an absolutely reprehensible thing for Rudy Giuliani to say. He was comparing federal law enforcement agents, acting to execute a search warrant approved by an independent magistrate judge, as Nazis. That’s what stormtroopers were. Rudy Giuliani is the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He used to oversee the work of the FBI agents in this district.

He knows they are not Nazis. And last night he was not just appearing on his own behalf, he was appearing as the personal representative and spokesman for the President of the United States, the man who ultimately oversees the FBI. All these FBI agents who are out every day putting their lives on the line to fight terrorist, to fight violent cartels, to put criminals in jail, work for the President of the United States and his lawyer is out calling them Nazis. It is a horrible thing for the President to say. The White House should be out today, making clear whether they agree with it, whether they disagree, and ultimately apologizing.”


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