I admit that I have been very critical of Rudy Giuliani’s representation of President Donald Trump for many years (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). He has repeatedly made statements in interviews that are diametrically opposed to the interests of his client, and his comments have repeatedly forced subsequent corrections or clarifications by the White House or himself. This story led to his previous permanent separation from him. Despite this story, nothing prepared me for the video posted by the recount showing Giuliani breaking off from the detailed allegations against Hunter Biden to look for cigars and gold coins. To be honest, the video comes over when Lionel Hutz from the Simpsons Offer meets Shlomi from ShamWow. Some have re-raised questions as to whether he’s helping or hurting his legal team. I do not consider this commercial to be a violation of the Bar Association, although it does raise an increasing problem of ethical rules for the dual role of attorney.
In fairness to Giuliani, this is a commercial on his podcast. It is common for podcasts to have sponsors paid. I’m not sure it’s fair to object to advertising against Giuliani. However, my discomfort makes such pitches in the midst of his presidential representation and campaign. The commercials undermine the credibility of his case by re-affirming the Democrats’ narrative that the election and Biden investigation is about a media and political marketing campaign. As a lawyer, you need to consider how such trading companies and appearances will affect your customers.
Rule 1.8 states:
(a) An attorney shall not enter into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquire any property, possession, security, or other financial interest opposing a client unless:
(1) The transaction and the terms on which the attorney acquires the Shares will be fair and reasonable to the client and will be fully disclosed and submitted in writing in a manner that the client can reasonably understand.
(2) The customer will be informed in writing about the desirability of a search and will be given a reasonable opportunity to seek advice from an independent legal advisor on the transaction. and
(3) The customer explains in a written document signed by the customer the essential terms of the transaction and the role of the lawyer in the transaction, including whether the lawyer is representing the customer in the transaction.
I don’t see this as a violation of rule 1.8. Such product pitchings (while arguing the merits of allegations against Biden) do not directly contradict Trump or his campaign. After all, he argues about the merits of these allegations. However, the pitches can undermine its own credibility, and therefore the credibility of the case. (It was ironic as Giuliani was embroiled in a messy divorce in which his ex-wife accused him of spending $ 18,000 on cigars alone.)
Ironically, President Trump was accused of buying his own products during the campaign. However, he was not a lawyer in pending cases.
The question is whether such spaces are suitable for lawyers like Giuliani. Again, I would argue that it doesn’t violate bar rules. In fact, I recently criticized the weapon against legal complaints from Democratic leaders and legal experts, including a legal complaint against Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova.
However, such spaces can undermine a case or a customer. Questions are often raised when the attorney goes on fundraising, as with the recent Kyle Rittenhouse-related effort. I have criticized fundraisers like this by Michael Cohen and others. It’s a difficult balance as pitches for support can sway a criminal case, or even be fun, when gag orders are violated. However, there is often an urgent need for criminal defendants to secure such funds to fund their defense.
Most recently, St. Louis District Attorney Kim Gardner was fired from the controversial McCloskey case for using the fundraising charges.
This is not a fundraiser for a defense. Giuliani has the right to pursue a career as a commentator and to support himself through such commercials. However, it is the timing that worries. The commercials appear to have hit the news in November with the campaign and expected litigation. He was already the president’s lawyer. In his favor, President Trump knew that Giuliani was a public figure and had such media companies. In addition, many Democratic attorneys work as analysts for MSNBC or CNN and continue to represent clients in high-profile litigation against the administration despite controversial statements in the media. This type of hybrid role is becoming more common, especially among lawyers with media careers or media.
You can judge for yourself.
Here is the video.
Rudy Giuliani drives cigars and gold coins in an absurd video that paints the Bidens as a modern version of the Corleone Crime Family
As Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani knows many of the president’s darkest secrets, with a security clearance granted to few (Trump’s son-in-law). But he’s also a sucker who is betrayed by Borat, holds press conferences next to a sex shop and now sells cigars and gold coins on his personal YouTube page. I think $ 20,000 a day is not enough.
According to the recount, Giuliani paused his most recent video, “Joe Biden: The Tip of the BIDEN CRIME FAMILY Totem Pole,” to read an ad copy for American Hartford Gold and Famous Smoke Shop. It’s the Casper mattress and bonobos of the far right! “If you want a good cigar, go to a good cigar shop. Do you want the best? Go to the famous smoke shop, ”he said. “Have Famous Smoke deliver your favorite cigars to your doorstep at America’s lowest prices.” You can even get $ 20 off your first purchase when you visit Famous-Smoke.com/Rudy (when you spend $ 99 or more). But it’s getting better! “Tell them Rudy sent you!” Giuliani reads Gold during the promo for American Hartford. What if you tell them Rudy sent you? Basically nothing! But don’t worry, Bill O’Reilly is on board too.
Again, this is the president’s lawyer selling stogies and coins in a YouTube video in which he usually scolds the Bidens as if they were the Corleone family. I cannot stress this enough. No wonder even Trump thinks he’s “a joke”. Check out the highlights here:
And the whole thing below: