Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal continues to be a focal point of “A Closer Look” on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Few could have predicted that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would be a major player in a political scandal in 2019. Then again, almost nothing that has happened in American politics in the past few years could have been predicted.
Playing a starring role in the Ukraine story has meant that Giuliani has found himself at the center of the impeachment inquiry but also in the crosshairs of Seth Meyers. The Late Show host has relentlessly mocked Giuliani for the better part of a year. Now, The Late Show‘s main attraction “A Closer Look” has become a near nightly roast of Giuliani.
Since becoming President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Giuliani has committed one gaffe after another. He has shown possibly incriminating texts from his phone on live television, butt-dialed reporters, and most recently claimed he had “insurance” to protect himself in the event President Trump turned on him.
As much as the Ukraine scandal has been about President Trump and his alleged quid pro quo phone call, Giuliani’s name has been mentioned almost as often. Meyers has been tracking Giuliani’s unofficial role in U.S. foreign policy, portraying the once beloved mayor as an insane, vampire-like creature popping up on cable news networks.
The public impeachment hearings offered new details on President Trump and Ukraine. And as Meyers outlined once again in “A Closer Look,” Rudy Giuliani is directly involved in it all.
A Rudy Giuliani-hosted podcast on the impeachment inquiry would be a gift from the comedy gods to Late Night with Seth Meyers. An unfiltered Giuliani free from the time restraints of a Fox News appearance would be a nearly unlimited resource of material for Meyers and “A Closer Look.”
But as Meyers recalls, a Giuliani podcast was actually Late Night‘s idea. A May edition of “A Closer Look” joked that the entire Mueller investigation could have been avoided if Giuliani was given a podcast to continue publicly admitting to crimes. Maybe Giuliani has heard his name mentioned on Late Night so many times, he’s become a fan and thought the podcast was a good idea.
The podcast would be another example of Giuliani putting himself at the center of the news as he has done in the past through his interviews. Meyers points out how the impeachment testimony already keeps Giuliani’s name in the headlines. But President Trump’s lawyer seems adamant about being heard no matter who’s listening or how damning his words become.
And that is why Rudy Giuliani will continue to be the target of “A Closer Look.” Like President Trump, Giuliani seems obsessed with the media and its coverage of him. And like Meyers has noticed about President Trump, Giuliani’s attempts to defend himself often backfire. This only continues the cycle of Giuliani being mocked on Late Night.
With more public testimony on the way, it is more likely that we haven’t heard the last about Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Ukraine story. It also means we haven’t heard the last on Giuliani from Late Night with Seth Meyers. This could all be heading towards Giuliani himself appearing for testimony and what would be a must-see edition of “A Closer Look.” Stay tuned.