“Fox & Friends” hosts repeatedly try to cut off Rudy Giuliani’s endless Biden conspiracy theories

"Rudy, we're done," host Steve Doocy, desperately trying to end the segment five times, said

By Igor Derysh

Deputy Politics Editor

Published January 24, 2020 3:25PM (EST)

Rudy Giuliani on Fox & Friends (Fox News)
Rudy Giuliani on Fox & Friends (Fox News)

The co-hosts of "Fox & Friends" unsuccessfully tried to end a segment with Rudy Giuliani multiple times on Friday, but the president's attorney refused to stop pushing baseless conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden.

Giuliani appeared on the show after vowing to present "new evidence about the extent of [Democratic] corruption."

"I'm going to expose over the next two weeks shocking crimes at the highest levels of both governments," Giuliani told the hosts. "While the Senate is listening to a totally phony group of stories about non-impeachable offenses . . . It's a total waste of money, it's a complete show on the part of the Democrats and they should be sued for or conspiracy to defraud the United States. And they should pay for that hearing."

Giuliani, whose efforts in Ukraine led to the president's impeachment, repeated many of the same debunked conspiracy theories about Biden, which Trump's own senior advisers have rejected as baseless.

"Would you say that the way you approached it, in the short term, has made things worse for the president?" co-host Brian Kilmeade asked.

"No, I would say the way I approached it was for the benefit of the American people," Giuliani replied, arguing that Kilmeade was "totally naive" for expecting the Biden investigation to go through official foreign policy channels.

"This ends, hopefully, with Biden finally being put under investigation . . . Instead of putting them under investigation, they're coming after me. They want to kill me," Giuliani continued.

The president's attorney went on to allege that his evidence would incriminate more Democrats than just Biden.

"There's a lot more Democratic corruption in the Ukraine than you ever thought," he claimed. "You think it's just the Bidens?" 

At that point, co-host Steve Doocy attempted to wrap the segment.

"I know you could go clear through noon when your podcast starts," he said. "Give it up for Rudy Giuliani. We're going to be watching."

But Giuliani was not done, insisting that he had only shown the "tip of the iceberg."

"Rudy, we're done," Doocy said.

"We have got to go. The president wants you to continue this investigation?" Kilmeade asked.

"Would you like me to give up?" Giuliani responded. "Would you like me to say, 'OK, Biden can keep his 8 million that he got in bribes. He can keep all the bribes that they got.'"

"I have a feeling you could go clear until noon until your podcast starts," Doocy said, again trying to end the segment, though Giuliani was not ready to go.

Fox News pundit Geraldo Rivera expressed concern about Giuliani after it was finally over.

"I've known him since he was a newly-appointed U.S. attorney in the Southern District here in New York," Geraldo told his Fox colleagues. "Then he became America's mayor, and we all lived through that trauma with him when he was the most magnificent elected official on earth. To see him kind of deteriorate right before your very eyes … and I love the guy."

Rivera questioned Giuliani's Ukraine escapades and what he was doing "hanging around with someone like Lev Parnas," a business associate of Giuliani's who was indicted after assisting his Ukraine efforts.

"We have a lot of people in the audience that are not agreeing with you, Geraldo," co-host Ainsley Earhardt said.

"I don't come here for people to agree with me," he said. "I come to tell you how I feel from the bottom of my heart. And from the bottom of my heart, I feel like Rudy Giuliani has been diminished by this entire saga. And I think the more he talks the worse it is for the president of the United States."

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By Igor Derysh

Igor Derysh is Salon's Deputy News and Politics Editor. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald and Baltimore Sun.

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