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Rudy Giuliani: Press Release - Rudy Giuliani Served as Associate Attorney General in Ronald Reagan's Department of Justice
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Press Release - Rudy Giuliani Served as Associate Attorney General in Ronald Reagan's Department of Justice
November 5, 2007
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"As the third-ranking member of the Reagan Justice Department, Rudy Giuliani earned a reputation as one of the most skillful, efficient and effective executives in the Reagan Administration. His intelligence, energy, creativity and vision enabled him successfully to manage the massive responsibilities that come with being Associate Attorney General. The talents he brought to and developed at DOJ are precisely the skills that later made Rudy an enormously successful and influential United States Attorney and Mayor, and will make him one of the greatest Presidents ever to serve this nation."

- Former Solicitor General Ted Olson


"In 1981, [Rudy] Giuliani Joined The Reagan Administration As An Associate Attorney General, The Third-Ranking Post In The Justice Department." (Josh Barbanel, "Reaganism Now Liability For Giuliani," The New York Times, 10/11/89)

"In May 1981, At The Age Of 36, He Was Sworn In As The Youngest Associate Attorney General In History." (Gordon Mott, "Rudy Giuliani: America's Mayor," Cigar Aficionado, 11/01)

"In Washington, Mr. Giuliani Is Viewed As One Of The Justice Department's Most Effective Executives." ("Nominee For U.S. Attorney," The New York Times, 4/13/83)

Giuliani Was Seen As A "Rising Star" In Legal World When He Left Position Of Associate Attorney General. (Sallyann Jacobson, "Legal Eagle Swoops On The Mafia Bosses," The Advertiser, 11/8/86)


"[Future Solicitor General Ted] Olson Served President Reagan As Assistant Attorney General For The Office Of Legal Counsel From 1981 To 1984." (United States Department Of Justice Website, http://www.usdoj.gov/osg/aboutosg/t_olson_bio.htm, Accessed 11/2/07)

Future Chief Justice John Roberts Worked As A Special Assistant To The Attorney General From 1981 through 1982. (Jeffrey Smith et al., "Documents Show Roberts Influence In Reagan Era," The Washington Post, 7/27/05)

Future Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Worked As A Lawyer In The Solicitor General's Office Of Reagan's Justice Department. (David Kirkpatrick, "Two Legal Careers That Diverged May Intertwine Again," The New York Times, 1/9/06)


Associate Attorney General Giuliani Oversaw Ten Agencies Within The U.S. Department Of Justice And Was Responsible For Over 90% Of DOJ Employees. Agencies included: the Executive Office Of U.S. Attorneys and All 94 U.S. Attorney Offices, The Pardon Attorney, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration And Naturalization Service, Board Of Immigration Appeals, Bureau Of Prisons, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Parole Commission, U.S. National Central Bureau Of Interpol, and the Criminal Division, which comprised 92% of DOJ's staff and 85% of its budget. (U.S. Department Of Justice Organizational Chart, 10/14/81; Orr Kelly and Ted Gest, "Reagan Revolution Takes Firm Hold At Justice," U.S. News & World Report, 4/26/82)


Giuliani Supervised Department Of Justice's Involvement With Interdepartmental Group On Terrorism. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Letter To Ambassador Robert Sayre, Chairman Of Interdepartmental Group On Terrorism At U.S. Department Of State, 5/11/82)

Giuliani Told U.S. State Department Additional Legislation Was Needed To Prosecute Terrorists. Giuliani: "Recent investigations and cases have revealed several areas where additional legislation is needed to allow the United States to deter or successfully prosecute those who are directly involved in the support of international terrorism." (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Letter To Ambassador Robert Sayre, Chairman Of Interdepartmental Group On Terrorism At U.S. Department Of State, 7/12/82)

Giuliani Helped To Draft "Rewards For Information Preventing Terrorism Act." This act established a fund to award persons providing information leading to terrorists' arrest or prevention of attacks. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Letter To Noel Koch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Defense, 8/27/82)

Associate Attorney General Giuliani Recognized The 1982 World's Fair As A Possible Terrorist Target And Contacted The Directors Of The FBI & CIA, Requesting Threat Assessments On The Possibility Of An Attack At The Fair From Each Department. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Memo To William H. Webster, FBI Director; Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Letter To William Casey, CIA Director)

Giuliani Worked With FBI To Plan Security Against Terrorism And Other Threats At 1984 Olympics. (FBI Director William Webster, Memo To Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, 10/7/82)

Rudy Involvement In Anti-Terrorism Efforts No Surprise Since He Sat On Ford's Terrorism Taskforce. In 1976, President Ford's Counterterrorism Working Group Convened A Meeting To Discuss The "Increased Danger Of Major Terrorist Attacks." (Timothy Naftali, Blind Spot: The Secret History Of American Counterterrorism, 2005, p. 92)


Associate Attorney General Giuliani And Assistant Attorney General D. Lowell Jensen Proposed Creation Of Committee On Violent Crime To Make Specific Recommendations On Ways Federal Government Could "Assist In Controlling Violent Crime." Giuliani Oversaw The Creation Of Committee. (Associate Attorney General Rudolph Giuliani And D. Lowell Jensen, Memo To Attorney General William French Smith, 2/24/81)

The Attorney General's Task Force On Violent Crime Made Numerous Recommendations On Ways To Combat Violent Crime, With An Emphasis On Coordination Between State, Federal And Local Law Enforcement Agencies. (Special Assistant To The Associate Attorney General Fred Friedman, Memo To Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, 7/22/81)

By The End Of September 1981, Attorney General Smith Has Implemented Two-Thirds Of Task Force's Recommendations And Was Working On Implementation Of The Remainders. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Memo To Counsel To President Reagan Fred Fielding, 9/25/81)


Giuliani Among "Chief Strategists" Of Reagan Administration's Effort Against Narcotics Trafficking. "At the Justice Department, Mr. Giuliani has been highly visible, particularly as one of the chief strategists of the Reagan Administration's stepped-up effort to combat narcotics trafficking. He was instrumental in devising the Reagan budget request of $130 million granted by Congress last year to finance 12 new investigative drug task forces across the nation." (Jane Perlez, "Giuliani Willing To Accept U.S. Attorney Job In State," The New York Times, 3/10/83)

Giuliani Realized Increased Sophistication Among International Drug Traffickers Required New Emphasis On Drug Enforcement Policies. (Associate Attorney General Rudolph Giuliani And Special Assistant To The Attorney General Hank Habict, Memo To Attorney General William French Smith And Deputy Attorney General Edward Schmults, 5/7/81)

"[Giuliani] Has Been The Chief Designer Of The Expansion Of The Federal Bureau Of Investigation In Narcotics Enforcement And The Creation Of 12 Drug-Enforcement Task Forces." ("Man In The News; Nominee For U.S. Attorney," The New York Times, 4/13/83)

Associate Attorney General Giuliani Chaired The Department Of Justice Committee On DEA-FBI Coordination. The committee was organized "to study and report to [the Attorney General] concerning the most effective method for coordinating the efforts of the DEA and FBI." (Rudolph W. Giuliani, et al., "Report And Recommendations," Attorney General's Committee On DEA-FBI Coordination, 11/16/81)

Giuliani Coordinated Efforts To Try To Allow Defense Department To Participate In Drug Enforcement Activities. (Stuart Taylor Jr., "Pentagon Balking At Joining Drug War," The New York Times, 7/4/81)

Giuliani Called On Interpol To Better Coordinate Multinational Investigations, Specifically Crimes Such As Weapons Trafficking, Money Laundering And Tracking International Fugitives. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Letter To Honorable Andre Bossard, Secretary General I.C.P.O.-Interpol, 8/6/81)


After Being Notified Of Attempted Assassination Of President Reagan, Giuliani Immediately Took Charge And Coordinated Detention Facilities And Physical Security Of John Hinckley. (Hinckley Sequence Of Events Memo To File)

As Associate Attorney General Designate, Giuliani Oversaw Criminal Investigation Of John Hinckley. ("Agents Tracing Hinckley's Path Find A Shift To Violent Emotion," The New York Times, 4/5/81)

Following Hinckley's Acquittal On Basis Of Insanity, Rudy Worked To Reform Insanity Defense. Associate Attorney General Giuliani recommended the Congress should enact legislation to commit dangerously disturbed defendants who are not convicted. (Associate Attorney General Rudolph Giuliani, Statement Before The National Commission On The Insanity Defense, Arlington, VA, 10/27/82)


As Associate Attorney General, Giuliani Had Responsibility For The INS And Administration Of Immigration Laws. (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Declaration, 7/23/81)

In 1982, Giuliani Argued That The Federal Government Should Focus On Improved Border Security And Potentially Criminal Illegal Immigrants. GIULIANI: "And in a situation where we have enormous ongoing immigration problems, wouldn't that be a terrible waste of our resources and a diversion from the kinds of things that the President has been doing and the Attorney General has been doing over the last six or seven months that have begun to restore control of our borders." NEWSCASTER: "Giuliani says the Administration stands behind its policy of deterring those who come to the United States illegally by holding illegals in detention camps, increasing border controls, and implying sanctions against employers who hire illegal aliens." (Miami's Channel 10 News, 2/25/82)

Giuliani: "In The Last Decade, Our Policies Intended To Make Immigration Fair And Orderly Have Failed. We Truly Have Lost Control Of Our Borders." (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Remarks To Seventh Annual Baron De Hirsh Meyer Lecture Series, Miami, FL, 4/16/82)

Giuliani Noted It Was Lax Enforcement Of Immigration Laws That Led To An Uncontrolled Border And The Illegal Immigration Crisis. Giuliani: "This country has neglected to enforce our immigration laws. As a result, we have lost control of our borders. This Administration is committed to enforce its laws – firmly and fairly – so that all people who choose to come here, from whatever nation, will do so in accordance with our laws." (Associate Attorney General Rudy Giuliani, Statement, 6/14/82)


Giuliani Was A Member Of The Department Of Justice Judicial Selection Working Group. The group reviewed vacant seats and judicial candidates for the federal courts. In addition, the group dealt with issues such as efforts to obtain names of qualified women candidates for judicial vacancies. (Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Rose, Memo To Department Of Justice Judicial Selection Working Group, 2/1/82; Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Rose, Memo To Department of Justice Judicial Selection Working Group, 4/12/82)

Former Reagan Administration Assistant Attorney General Ted Olson Said Reagan Appointed Judges Like Scalia "On The Recommendation Of Rudy." (Hugh Hewitt Show, 3/1/07)

Giuliani Attended Weekly Meetings Devoted To Judicial Selections And Nominations, Would Share His Views. "Numerous senior officials who served with him confirm that in addition to daily senior-management meetings with the attorney general, which covered pending nominations, Giuliani attended the Tuesday meetings devoted to judicial selections and nominations. He would present his recommendations for U.S. Attorneys and Marshals but also offer his views on judges." (Jennifer Rubin, "Rudy As Prosecutor," National Review, 4/30/07)

Citation: Rudy Giuliani: "Press Release - Rudy Giuliani Served as Associate Attorney General in Ronald Reagan's Department of Justice," November 5, 2007. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=95135.
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