Giuliani Had Mystery Call With Federal Budget Office

NBC News reports:

Who in the White House budget office called Rudy Giuliani on an August afternoon, and what did they have to talk about for 13 minutes? It’s unclear what legitimate purpose the president’s personal lawyer would have to speak at length with the White House Office of Management and Budget. But the revelation is likely to fuel arguments from House Democrats that Giuliani was intimately involved in a scheme to use U.S. taxpayer dollars as leverage to advance Trump’s personal political interests.

The history also showed Giuliani repeatedly calling the White House Situation Room’s switchboard and other White House numbers, mostly for less than a minute each in duration, which may suggest he wasn’t able to reach the person he wanted. One call stands out: A nearly 13-minute call at a number associated with OMB, the office controlled by acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that had frozen the aid.