Giuliani’s Murky Business Ties Make Him Difficult Choice For Secretary Of State

Former mayor of New York CIty Rudy Giuliani, wears a "Make Mexico Great Again Also" hat prior to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Wedne... Former mayor of New York CIty Rudy Giuliani, wears a "Make Mexico Great Again Also" hat prior to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech during a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) MORE LESS
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Rudy Giuliani’s extensive business ties to foreign governments and corporations would raise serious conflicts of interest if he was chosen to serve as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.

After ending his tenure as New York City mayor, Giuliani built a consulting firm that had contracts with the government of Qatar and the Canadian company building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a Wednesday New York Times report. He also gave paid speeches to an Iranian opposition group that was on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations until 2012.

Giuliani Partners contracted with the Qatari government, which Trump has criticized for its record on human and women’s rights. The firm also worked with TriGlobal Strategic Ventures, a company that the Times reported has done consulting work for Russian oligarchs and clients with intimate ties to the Russian government.

Giuliani also gave a speech in D.C. in 2011 on behalf of the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group. Politico reported that the speech called on the State Department to rescind the group’s designation as a terrorist organization.

Giuliani was compensated handsomely for his paid speeches. He pulled in $11.4 million in 2006 alone from speeches for which he would charge as much as $200,000 each, the Times reported.

Giuliani brushed aside questions of impropriety or conflict of interest in an interview with the newspaper.

“I have friends all over the world,” the former New York City mayor told the Times. “This is not a new thing for me. When you become the mayor, you become interested in foreign policy. When I left, my major work was legal and security around the world.”

Giuliani coyly expressed interest in the role during a Monday event with the Wall Street Journal, and numerous outlets have reported he’s under consideration for the position.

Yet some voices in Congress are expressing doubts. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Giuliani’s support for the Iraq War and business dealings render him a poor choice.

“It is worrisome, some of the ties to foreign governments, because that was a big complaint about many of us with Hillary Clinton and her ties and the money she received from foreign governments,” Paul told CNN on Tuesday.

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  1. He pulled in $11.4 million in 2006 alone from speeches for which he would charge as much as $200,000 each, the Times reported.

    Isn’t that what Rudina criticized Hillary for? Didn’t Rudina demand that the transcripts of Hillary’s speeches be released?

    Once again, everything the Republicans accused Hillary of, they were doing themselves.

  2. “It is worrisome, some of the ties to foreign governments, because that was a big complaint about many of us with Hillary Clinton and her ties and the money she received from foreign governments,” Paul told CNN on Tuesday.

    IOKIYAR
  3. The two faced, brazen hypocrisy is stunning. Although I saw the word “gobsmacked” somewhere on another thread, and that seems to fit better.

  4. How about just how completely inept the man is. I swear, the Republicans have like no talent to pull from with regards to decent government officials. Guiliani should just be put in charge of picking up paper in the oval office and that’s about it.

  5. It’s a variation of the old “I’m rubber, you’re glue” rule.

    There is nothing about Trump’s campaign or (barf!) future administration which is not childish, playground stuff.

    Until, of course, people really do start getting hurt. Which I fear may be soon.

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