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In May of 1985, when Rudy Giuliani offered me a position as one of his assistants in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, I was thrilled. It was the premier federal prosecutors’ office in the country, and even then Rudy’s fame preceded him. As a young assistant U.S. Attorney (“AUSA”) in the same office years before, he had made headlines, prosecuting corrupt NYPD narcotics officers in what would become known as the “Prince of the City” cases and had secured the conviction of Bertram Podell, a Brooklyn congressman, on bribery charges. Podell had been so flustered by Rudy’s aggressive cross-examination of him at trial, that he asked for a recess at the end of which he pleaded guilty. And so the legend of Rudy grew…….

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