Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign sent out a letter to multiple TV network heads Sunday, calling on them to stop booking Rudy Giuliani on their news programs because “his relationship with the truth is casual at best.”
Aides Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield wrote that Giuliani “is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves,” according to the letter obtained by Politico.
“Your obligation is to provide the American people with an informed, fact-based and responsible coverage and debate of critical issues,” the letter reads. “Rudy Giuliani has made very clear that his only obligation is to protect Donald Trump, and that he will willingly lie to do so. While you have been aggressive in pushing back on him in real time, it is well known that the dedicated liar always has the advantage, pushing out outlandish falsehoods and disinformation in the knowledge that it is hard for the corrections to catch up.”
Over the past week, the former New York City mayor and Donald Trump’s personal attorney has appeared on CNN and Fox News to respond to a Wall Street Journal report that the president pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden. The call, which was first brought to the public eye by a federal whistleblower, prompted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to announce a formal impeachment inquiry after months of pressure from House Democrats.
During his media appearances, Giuliani asserted that Biden, not Trump, should be investigated for political corruption for attempting to remove a Ukrainian prosecutor in an attempt to support his son, Hunter, who was serving on the board of the country’s gas company Burisma.
Giuliani’s accusations have been disproven by multiple media reports, which found that Hunter Biden was not an active member of the board when his father called on the prosecutor to resign, and that the prosecutor was also facing pressure to step down by other major international political figures.
In response to the Daily Beast story, Biden’s campaign manager Greg Schultz criticized Giuliani’s media appearances, saying on Twitter, “You would get more intelligent and fact based interviews with a random second grader than you do with Rudy Giuliani talking about Ukraine.”