Nixon White House Counsel John Dean Says Rudy Giuliani's 'Blackmailing' Makes Trump Presidency Sound Like 'Mafia Soap Opera'

A former Nixon White House counsel has described President Donald Trump's presidency as a "mafia soap opera" after Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested he had "insurance" if the president tried to throw him under the bus.

John Dean, who was the White House counsel at the time of the Watergate scandal and testified against Nixon, took to social media following Giuliani's comments, stating: "So Rudy owns The Donald. Blackmailing the President of the United States on Fox News is fitting!

"Does America really want a POTUS owned by Rudy Giuliani. Wonder if Rudy has a guaranteed pardon if Lev or Igor turn on him in the SDNY? Trump's presidency is like a Mafia soap opera!"

Speaking in an interview with Fox News, and asked whether he had spoken with the president recently, Giuliani said: "I do not discuss my conversations with my client. You can assume I talk to him early and often. And have a very, very good relationship with him, and all of these comments, which are totally insulting... I've seen things written like 'he's going to throw me under the bus.'

"When they say that I say he isn't but have insurance," Giuliani said. "Ridiculous. We are very good friends. He knows what I did was in order to defend him, not to dig up dirt on Biden," he added.

Giuliani was asked about his relationship with the president as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, which was launched after a whistleblower raised concerns about a July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which Trump allegedly encouraged Zelenskiy to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Aid to the country was withheld around the time of the call, but President Trump has denied there was any quid pro quo suggested. However, in public hearings to the House, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland suggested Trump directed such a quid pro quo.

Sondland also said that he worked with Giuliani "at the express direction of the president of the United States," while other testimonies have linked Giuliani with alleged efforts to persuade the Ukraine to investigate the Bidens—prompting media outlets to ask the lawyer whether he is concerned about the president turning on him during the course of the impeachment inquiry.

Giuliani's comments came shortly after an interview with British newspaper The Guardian published on Thursday in which he responded in a similar manner when he was asked whether he had concerns about Trump turning on him.

"I'm not," he said. "But I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid, he added, prompting his own lawyer to clarify to The Guardian: "He's joking."

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