NYTimes (Partially) Defends Giuliani?
I was at the New York Times’ site hoping to find a hint of the forthcoming article on John McCain when I came across this “Checkpoint” graphic that seems to come partially to his defense in the matter of the suspect shifting of travel expenses while he was mayor.
I encourage you to take a look (I can’t excerpt the text because it’s an image). The Times’ conclusion is that, yes, Giuliani’s office charged travel expenses to unrelated city agencies, but only $2,474 of the $281,338 were for trips to the Hamptons to see his then-girlfriend and present wife, Judith Nathan Giuliani.
This is a major switch from the prevailing narrative, which has always led with the idea that Giuliani was trying to hide his affair through clever billing. The Times doesn’t speculate on why Giuliani’s security costs were charged this way, however, it does repeat that the Giuliani people still maintain that this was just a reasonable accounting scheme.