No, they're not government, but they're acting like a government.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
UPDATED: What Did Trump Know, And When Did He Know It?
UPDATE: Apologies--I got my timeline wrong. I assumed that Giuliani received the evidence a few months after the FBI, but it turns out it was quite a few months later. Please refer to the exchange in comments between EZ and me, below. Also, in general on these issues, please refer to the exchange between Mike Sylwester and me.
Rudy Giuliani is Trump's private attorney. The evidence he has gathered regarding the Biden Crime Family was gathered using his own resources--not government resources. In practical terms, that means that, since the evidence wasn't gathered using legal process (especially not grand jury subpoenas or search warrants) Giuliani is utterly unfettered by grand jury rule regarding the use and disclosure of the material. He can talk to anyone he wants about the evidence, and disclose it to whomever he wants. He can do MSM interviews about it, he can make videos disclosing the evidence on Youtube. The sky's the limit. The Bidens remain welcome to sue Rudy for defamation if they care to (Nick Sandmann can recommend a good lawyer).
This is very different than the situation that the FBI and DoJ are in--night and day different. Rudy can talk about this being an easy case to make. And he's probably right. But the only case he cares about--really--is the case he's making to the public. And rightly so, in my opinion.
But all this means that our working assumption is that Rudy has been sharing what he has discovered with Donald J. Trump. I'd go so far as to say that I'd eat my hat if Trump has not been fully briefed on all this, on an ongoing basis, for many months. And I'm sure Rudy has cautioned Trump on who to talk to and under what circumstances.
Of course, people like Wray and Barr would probably assume as much, too--knowing what Rudy has been occupied with. Rudy specifically mentioned Barr's knowledge of what evidence Rudy possessed. Whether Wray knew about that is unclear, but since Rudy was referred to a local US Attorney, it's an excellent bet Wray knows all this, too.
However, my major point is that we should assume that Trump is in charge of the timing for what Rudy is doing. And that Trump has been planning this for a long, long time. So, the overwhelming likelihood is that Trump has known pretty much everything and has known it on a real time basis--that is, Trump has known it pretty much as soon as Rudy has known it. When, Rudy says the real smoking gun evidence will be released ten days before the election, we can therefore assume that that's actually Trump speaking to us. Building suspense.
QUICK ADDENDUM: I'm just now starting to listen to the Rudy interview with the Daily Caller's Christian Datoc. Datoc starts with what he says may be the biggest part of the story--the Twitter censorship.
I absolutely LUV Rudy's response. He says this is the kind of thing, the level of censorship, that used to happen in the Soviet Union, in Nazi Germany, in Cuba. I wish he'd have said--and maybe he will later on--AND IS STILL HAPPENING IN RED CHINA TODAY! You know, the place where the Bidens get their money.
But then he comes up with a great line:
Can you say Deep State?