Longtime acquaintances of President Trump's lead defense attorney, Rudy Giuliani, say they are startled by the shift in the man, who was heralded as "America's Mayor" after 9/11 but now makes headlines primarily for his bizarre appearances on talk shows in defense of the president. "He's making arguments that don't hold up," observed one judge, John S. Martin, to The New Yorker. "I always thought of Rudy as a good lawyer, and he's not looking anything like a good lawyer today."
The New Yorker, though, makes the case that Giuliani has long shown signs that he and Trump are more akin than what might initially meet the eye — "Giuliani's combative style of politics anticipated, and perhaps served as a model for, Trump's," writes Jeffrey Toobin. "He described his approach as mayor to me as 'provocative and not politically correct.'"
For his part, Giuliani does not care what people think about his tumultuous allegiance to Trump:
The problem for Giuliani is that his loyalty may not be reciprocated. Since Trump became president, his closest advisers have been humiliated (Tillerson, Priebus), disgraced (Sean Spicer, Bannon), prosecuted (Flynn, Rick Gates), or all of the above (Manafort). At one point, I asked Giuliani whether he worried about how this chapter of his life would affect his legacy.
"I don't care about my legacy," he told me. "I'll be dead." [The New Yorker]