President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has hinted that he has “insurance” should the president abandon him amid House Democrats’ impeachment investigation.
In an interview with The Guardian, the former New York mayor was asked whether he was nervous the president might decide to throw him under the bus.
The House is investigating claims Trump abused his office in waging a pressure campaign, in which Giuliani played a key role, for Ukraine to announce investigations meant to benefit Trump politically.
“I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid,” Giuliani remarked in the article, published Thursday.
At this point in the call Giuliani’s own attorney, Robert Costello, interjected to say: “He’s joking.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Even as a joke, the remark comes against a backdrop of suggestions that Giuliani could be cut loose by the Republican establishment in an effort to protect Trump.
As pressure on Trump continues to grow amid the first US presidential impeachment inquiry in two decades, reports are emerging that senior Republicans are considering using Giuliani as a fall guy.