Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has been at the center of the impeachment inquiry of the president. Giuliani directly inserted himself into the U.S.'s foreign relations with Ukraine, apparently in an effort to get dirt on former vice president Joe Biden.
While Giuliani has been busy representing Trump, the former New York City mayor also has had his own unusual spokesperson: Christianné Allen, a 20-year-old little-known Instagram personality who has been working for Giuliani since September. In a new story out Tuesday, Politico tried to learn more about Allen, who seemingly appeared from nowhere yet boasts a prodigious resumé. A friend of Giuliani's told Politico, "Nobody can figure out who the eff she is or how she got in there."
More than anything else, Allen seems to be a serial exaggerator, claiming many titles that are highly embellished or outright fictional. She reportedly secured an internship on Trump's campaign in Virginia by claiming, falsely, that she was the niece of George Allen, the former senator and governor of Virginia. She later referred to herself as a "campaign spokesperson," and claimed in a speech that she was forced to quit high school "due to controversy over my Trump internship," neither of which were true.
Despite this, she has secured herself as the right-hand woman to the lawyer and fixer for the president of the United States. Allen is now an employee for the consulting firm Giuliani Partners, accompanied Giuliani to Ukraine, and tried to set up foreign deals for her boss, pitching to at least one overseas company that he can "bring much value" to their business.
Giuliani himself has been cagey and defensive about his hiring of Allen. When Politico reached out to him with questions, he took to Twitter, writing, "Politico is about to write a malicious hit-piece on a Comms Director of mine. Not just because she’s pro-Trump but because she’s lined up one witness after the other, proving just how corrupt the Democrat party is. Politico has assisted this cover up for years. It’s a shame!"
He finally replied to reporters in a private message, before the article on Allen was published, saying, "Your article is so filled with lies and misinterpretations, it stands out as a [sic] now an almost routine left wing hit piece on an exceptionally talented and really fine Christian Conservative woman and strong supporter of President Trump. I’m disappointed that Politico is now joining the [sic] destroy the reputation of those the Left believes should not be entitled to support President Trump." When asked why he hired Allen in the first place, Giuliani told Politico, she was "well beyond the abilities of your anonymous and otherwise unquestionably jealous sources."
There's a relatively straightforward reason that Giuliani might have chosen Allen: he may be struggling to find anyone more experienced who's willing to work for him. Like his boss, Trump, Giuliani has developed a reputation of being hard to work with and professionally unreliable. And he's become such a liability that Trump himself is casting doubt on their relationship. When Trump was asked in October if Giuliani was still his lawyer, Trump replied simply, "I don't know."
The former New York City mayor once polled as the most popular politician in America—of either party. Today, he’s at the center of the scandal that threatens to bring down a presidency.
Originally Appeared on GQ