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‘Morning Joe': Giuliani Hurts Trump by Being ‘Desperate for Attention’

Giuliani admits “he had to push aside a United States ambassador so they could investigate more freely one of Donald Trump’s domestic political rivals,” Joe Scarborough says

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” concluded on Tuesday that Rudy Giuliani is “desperate” for attention and relevance — and his desperation is hurting President Trump.

The hosts reviewed recent comments from Giuliani, made to the New Yorker and Monday night on Fox News, about why he engaged in a smear campaign against Marie Yovanovitch, a figure you’ll remember from the testimony in Trump’s impeachment case. According to what Giuliani told the New Yorker, he needed her “out of the way.” But on Fox News, he said he didn’t need the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine out of the way, but “forced her out.”

MSNBC’s Willie Geist noted, “It’s very rare, as a journalist, when one of the lead figures in the story just comes out and explains exactly what happened and confirms everything you’ve been reporting …”

Joe Scarborough followed up on that, saying, “He admits out loud, like Donald Trump admits out loud, what in previous generations — in previous, even, administrations — you would have congressional investigators spending months, possibly even years, trying to prove: You have Rudy Giuliani admitting out loud that he had to push aside a United States ambassador so they could investigate more freely one of Donald Trump’s domestic political rivals.”

He went on to say Giuliani “was so desperate for attention,” and the larger picture “is about nothing more than Rudy Giuliani being desperate to stay relevant” at the cost of “endangering the president’s prospects day in and day out.”