Biden camp calls on TV producers to stop booking Giuliani

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September 30, 2019 - 1:17 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Officials with the Joe Biden presidential campaign are calling on TV news producers to stop booking Rudy Giuliani. 

In a letter to CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and CNN, they argue that by giving the president's personal attorney air time, "You are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation."

In repsonse, Giuliani tweeted, "Reminds me of the reaction to the corrupt pols of the 70s and 80s. They have their Dem media trying to destroy my reputation and silence me."

As the Democrats drive an impeachment inquiry toward a potential vote by the end of the year, President Donald Trump's allies are struggling over how he should manage the starkest threat to his presidency. The jockeying broke into the open Sunday on the talk show circuit, with a parade of Republicans erupting into a surge of second-guessing.

At the top of the list: Giuliani's false charge that it was Ukraine that meddled in the 2016 elections. The former New York mayor has been encouraging Ukraine to investigate both Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the "deep state." And a Republican congressman is pointing at Biden's son.

"I am deeply frustrated with what he and the legal team is doing and repeating that debunked theory to the president. It sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again," said Tom Bossert, Trump's former homeland security adviser. "That conspiracy theory has got to go, they have to stop with that, it cannot continue to be repeated."

Not only did Giuliani repeat it Sunday, he brandished pieces of paper he said were affidavits supporting his story.

"Tom Bossert doesn't know what's he's talking about," Guiliani said. He added that Trump was framed by the Democrats.

In a series of tweets Sunday night, Trump said he deserved to meet "my accuser" as well as whoever provided the whistleblower with what the president called "largely incorrect" information. He also accused Democrats of "doing great harm to our Country" in an effort to destabilize the nation and the 2020 election.

Trump has insisted the call was "perfect" and pushed to release both documents.

"He didn't even know that it was wrong," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, describing a phone call from Trump in which the president suggested the documents would exonerate him.

By all accounts, the Democratic impeachment effort was speeding ahead with a fair amount of coordination between Pelosi, Democratic messaging experts and its political operation.