Giuliani, Rudolph William
Giuliani, Rudolph William(jo͞o'lē-ä`nē), 1944–, American government official, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Manhattan College and studied law at New York Univ. In the Justice Dept. as associate deputy attorney general (1975–77), associate attorney general (1981–83), and U.S. attorney for New York's Southern District (1983–89), Giuliani was known for his successful high-profile prosecutions of Mafia bigwigs and Wall Street miscreants. A Republican, he narrowly won the New York City mayoralty in 1993, defeating the incumbent, David DinkinsDinkins, David Norman,
1927–2020, African-American political leader, b. Trenton, N.J. After graduating (1956) from Brooklyn Law School, he went into private law practice.
..... Click the link for more information. , who had bested him by a slim margin in 1989. Running largely on a successful reduction in city crime, he won reelection in 1997. In 2000 he was the all-but-announced Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Hillary Rodham ClintonClinton, Hillary Rodham
, 1947–, U.S. senator and secretary of state, wife of President Bill Clinton, b. Chicago, grad. Wellesley College (B.A. 1969), Yale Law School (LL.B., 1973). After law school she served on the House panel that investigated the Watergate affair.
..... Click the link for more information. , but ill health and the breakup of his marriage led him to withdraw. Following the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade CenterWorld Trade Center,
former building complex in lower Manhattan, New York City, consisting of seven buildings and a shopping concourse on a 16-acre (6.5-hectare) site; it was destroyed by a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
..... Click the link for more information. , Giuliani won international regard for his vigor and sensitivity in leading the city as it coped with the disaster. He retired in 2001, having failed in his efforts to suspend term limits and run for a third term; Michael R. BloombergBloomberg, Michael Rubens,
1942–, American businessman and politician, mayor of New York City (2002–2013), b. Boston, Mass., B.S. Johns Hopkins, 1964, M.B.A. Harvard, 1966.
..... Click the link for more information. succeeded him as mayor. In 2007–8, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. A strident supporter of Donald TrumpTrump, Donald John,
1946–, 45th President of the United States (2017–21), b. New York City. Prior to his election as president in 2016, he was a business executive and television personality rather than a political leader. After attending Fordham Univ.
..... Click the link for more information. in the 2016 presidential election, he was touted for a number of cabinet posts after Trump's win, but ultimately (2018) became a member of President Trump's legal team responsible for dealing with the MuellerMueller, Robert Swan, 3d,
1944–, American law enforcement official, b. New York City, B.A. Princeton, 1966, M.A. New York Univ., 1967, J.D. Univ. of Virginia School of Law, 1973.
..... Click the link for more information. investigation. In 2019 it was revealed that he had also acted as a diplomat for Trump, seeking to force Ukraine to investigate questionable charges that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and that the Bidens were involved in corrupt Ukraine dealings; he also pressed the U.S. government to remove its ambassador to Ukraine because of her opposition to his efforts. In 2020, claiming election fraud without evidence, he led Trump's postelection efforts to overturn Biden victories in several swing states.
See his Leadership (2002); biographies by W. Barrett (2000) and A. Kirtzman (2000); F. Siegel, The Prince of the City (2005); W. Barrett and D. Collins, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 (2006).
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