Rudy Giuliani, once ‘America’s mayor,’ now mired in controversy, facing legal scrutiny

Nearly two decades have passed since Rudy Giuliani emerged following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with widespread national popularity and serious presidential ambitions. But today, “America’s mayor” stands instead at the brink of legal and reputational peril, embroiled in multiple political scandals and caught up in at least one federal criminal investigation.

This week, Giuliani offered feeble defenses to why he spent hours with a man now outed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Russian intelligence agent in Ukraine. And he must now contend with extensive television footage of those meetings, where he pumped the agent, identified as