December 10th, 2007
08:09 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani: Nathan did not want police protection

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that police, not the former New York City mayor himself, had decided his then-girlfriend Judith Nathan needed publicly-funded security during their extra-marital affair.

"I did not make the judgment, I did not ask for it, Judith didn't particularly want it," the former New York City mayor said in an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "But it was done because [police] took the view that it was serious and it had to be done that way."

He bristled when asked by interviewer Tim Russert if a hypothetical presidential mistress would rate the same level of protection, saying a Secret Service detail "would not be appropriate" in the absence of a credible threat.

Giuliani did not name a specific incident that led New York police to create a full threat assessment for Nathan, but did say he had been the target of multiple death threats since his time as a Mafia-targeting prosecutor.

He has faced charges in recent days that he sought to cover up Nathan's taxpayer-funded security expenses by shifting them to obscure city agencies.

He has said that allegation, first reported in the Politico, is inaccurate, and that all expenses were ultimately paid by the New York Police Department.

Giuliani said Sunday that he would likely not have promoted Bernard Kerik to police commissioner had he known of his alleged ties to a company reportedly linked to the Mafia.

He also conceded that he did not realize the extent of the threat posed by al Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks, and said he did not plan to release his client list from Giuliani Partners, which he co-owns, or sever his ties with the firm.

He dismissed some of the most difficult questions with a laugh, quoting another former New York City mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia: "I don't make many mistakes, but when I make them, they're big ones."

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. patrick geraghty new market md 21774

    hes was and is an adulter.also hes so openly deep in corruption its laughable he even thought he could explain away his past and current character flaws.never has there been a more transparent elitest phoney.

    December 10, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. elliott in NC

    Rudy is a low-life.....he's not presidential material...uh,oops! I guess if you measure him by the Slick Willie Clinton yardstick he actually IS presidential material. Wow.

    December 10, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Drip by Drip the reasons that Giuliani is unfit for the Presidency is coming out.

    December 10, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Joe, Boston, MA

    Amanda from Orlando Fl...First Clinton did not use taxpayer's money to protect his mistress....second, the last I looked Bill Clinton is not running for President. Can we finally put his stupid oval office thing behind us all?

    Jay in RI...I saw the interview and wondered the SAME EXACT THING. I never heard before that Giuliani was "trapped" in one of the buildings on 9/11 with Kerik. I think that is not true and I hope the reporters will look into that comment he made yesterday. Of course Russert did not follow up with questioning him on it.

    December 10, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. eleni102

    this is to john karston...maybe you've cheated but many haven't including me.

    December 10, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. DeLiRon, Virginia Beach, VA

    FINALLY!!!!! The 9-11 fog around Rudy has lifted... This charlatan took 9-11 and the poor souls who perished, were hurt and lost loved ones and proceeded to run with it for his own inflated ego... He should be ashamed of himself... The fact that the only thing he talked about was "9-11" or scaring the American people into thinking we needed him to protect us shows that he thought we were stupid enough to not notice he did not prevent "9-11", instead he took advantage of the fear we had after that horrible day... Shame on you Mr. Giuliani...

    December 10, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Bill, Manhattan

    Maybe Rudy should dress up in drag again and kiss Donald Trump as he did a few years ago. Then, if Hilary runs, we will have two "women" in the race!

    December 10, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Jo, ATL GA

    Luis, Jersey City, NJ

    Are you related to Rudy? Is he not a divider? You must be dreaming.

    the country is polarized. It will always be. GOP has had their president for 7 going 8 years. Enough.

    Personally, I don't have a problem having my Clinton years back. Life was good for Dems.

    So all the GOP go vote and all the Dems go vote let's see who really has more votes.

    December 10, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Little Miss Sarcasm, Calcutta, OH

    Ken of Suitland MD, you are absolutely right. Go on, you neo-cons, continue to defend Guliani's adulteries. No one notices that you speak out of both sides of your mouth when it comes to your Republican "family values."

    December 11, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Russ c

    Rudy wants to scare us into giving him imperial power. History is full of such examples.He has the make up of a dictator.

    December 11, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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