‘My Rudy’: Trump’s lawyer wants to be the campaign’s No. 1 hatchet man

Get ready for more Rudy.

Done sparring with Robert Mueller, Donald Trump’s personal attorney is training his attacks on the president’s potential 2020 campaign rivals. Giuliani plans to meet with the president and his campaign in the coming weeks to discuss pivoting to this new role, which he expects will also include making policy and political connections for the reelection effort.

“We’ll see where they have holes and where they need help,” Giuliani told Politico. “I’m available to do a lot of it.”

Giuliani has long served as an all-purpose attack dog for Trump — with mixed results. The president and some of his top aides have occasionally cringed at the lawyer’s frequently off-script messaging and rambling TV appearances that can spark unexpected news cycles. “Handling Rudy’s f—-ups takes more than one man,” a White House staffer told POLITICO in January.

But, while people around Trump say Giuliani’s freelancing can be problematic, they’re also willing to look the other way if it helps the president win reelection. After all, Giuliani is a name brand and gets credit from the president’s base for helping Trump survive the Mueller investigation. What’s more, Giuliani is one of the few Trump peers with national political and legal experience, someone who has known the president for decades. He can even provide a calming presence — Giuliani said the president sometimes calls him “My Rudy” — to the famously un-calm president.

“The president is most effective when he’s in a great mood and he’s having fun on the campaign trial, and Rudy adds to that,” said a Trump campaign adviser who readily acknowledged that Giuliani’s faults can cause problems for others around the president. “I think he has the potential to be very effective in certain circumstances. He also has the potential to be unhelpful at times.”

“I imagine not all of Rudy’s ideas are brilliant ones, but the vast majority are and I’ll take the good with the bad,” added Michael Caputo, a longtime Trump adviser who met with the president last month in Washington.

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