Rich Schapiro Biography
Rich Schapiro is an NBC News investigative reporter. He is a staff writer covering cops, courts, celebrities and general assignments. He was allegedly butt-dialed by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani who was talking about an apparent business arrangement with a super-wealthy Persian Gulf nation at the time of dialing.
Rich Schapiro Education
Schapiro graduated from American University with a B.A. in philosophy in 2001.
Rich Schapiro NBC News
Schapiro joined the (New York) Daily News in 2005 where he is a staff writer covering cops, courts, celebrities and general assignments. His work contributed to the Daily News winning Deadline Club awards for spot news reporting in 2006 for coverage of the MTA transit strike and in 2007 for coverage of the Cory Lidle plane crash. He also played a key role in the paper’s coverage of the death of Nixzmary Brown, which was a finalist in the Deadline Club’s spot news category in 2007.
Prior to joined NBC, he lived in Japan where he taught English and worked at the Tokyo Journal magazine. His work has been published by The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
Rich Schapiro Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani allegedly butt-dialed Rich Schapiro late in the night October 16, 2019 according to a piece written by Schapiro. He writes on NBC News that he had spoken to Giuliani earlier that evening for a story about his ties to a fringe Iranian opposition group. The alleged call came in at 11:07 p.m. and went to voicemail as Schapiro was asleep.
In the three minutes voicemail, it is alleged that Giuliani was discussing overseas dealings and lamenting the need for cash, though it’s difficult to discern the full context of the conversation.
“You know,” Giuliani says at the start of the recording. “Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case ’cause he didn’t do any due diligence.”
Schapiro says that much of the message’s first minute is difficult to comprehend, in part because the voice of the other man in the conversation is muffled and barely intelligible. Giuliani then says; “Let’s get back to business.”
He goes on. “I gotta get you to get on Bahrain.”
The voicemail yielded no details about the meeting. But Giuliani can be heard telling the man that he’s “got to call Robert again tomorrow.”
“Is Robert around?” Giuliani asks.
“He’s in Turkey,” the man responds.
Giuliani replies instantly. “The problem is we need some money.”
The two men then go silent. Nine seconds pass. No word is spoken. Then Giuliani chimes in again.
“We need a few hundred thousand,” he says.
On September 28, Giuliani had also butt dialled Schapiro. In the three minute voicemail he talked to at least one person with Giuliani insisting he was the target of attacks because he was making public accusations about a powerful Democratic politician.
“I expected it would happen. The minute you touch on one of the protected people, they go crazy. They come after you.”
He can be heard railing against the Bidens. Among the claims he said that Biden intervened to stop an investigation of a Ukrainian gas company because his son Hunter sat on the board, and that Hunter Biden traded on his father’s position as vice president to earn $1.5 billion from Chinese investors.
“There’s plenty more to come out. He did the same thing in China. And he tried to do it in Kazakhstan and in Russia. It’s a sad situation. You know how they get? Biden has been been trading in on his public office since he was a senator.”
He later turns to Hunter Biden, “When he became vice president, the kid decided to go around the world and say, ‘Hire me because I’m Joe Biden’s son.’ And most people wouldn’t hire him because he had a drug problem.