In an 11/2019 interview with Fox News, Rudy Giuliani said in reference to former Vice President Joe Biden:

Sounds like a poor imitation of the Godfather. I mean, this is the guy who sent out a decree to keep me off television.

Is there any way that's true? Did former Vice President Biden send out any such a "decree", at any time (including when he was not VP)?

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    This letter: thedailybeast.com/…
    – Golden Cuy
    Nov 24, 2019 at 6:42
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    @AndrewGrimm seems like an answer to me.
    – JJJ
    Nov 24, 2019 at 6:46
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    I wonder if Guiliani knows what a decree is. I mean, it's not just a message sent out to people to please take note, and it's not even a strong demand to do something. A decree has legally binding status, and unless I've missed something, Biden has not been elected president yet. I think any answer to this question has to address Guiliani's misleading use of the word decree as well.
    – Schmuddi
    Nov 24, 2019 at 10:11
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    @Schmuddi depends on whether the word is interpreted literally or metaphorically, to signify a request that is asked in a very arrogant manner.
    – Golden Cuy
    Nov 24, 2019 at 11:13
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    So it was a request made in September 2019. Biden was not Vice President at the time
    – Henry
    Nov 24, 2019 at 14:04

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The story was originally broken by The Daily Beast.

They quote a letter from the Biden campaign - not Joe Biden personally - , which demands that Giuliani is no longer booked because of the falsehoods and conspiracy theories he spreads. They ask that if he continues to be invited, an "equivalent amount of time" be given to them.

“We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative,” the letter continues.

The Biden campaign letter goes on to note that “Giuliani is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves.” And it demands that if the former mayor is put on the airwaves, “an equivalent amount of time” be given “to a surrogate for the Biden campaign.”

The Daily Beast contextualizes this by saying that complaints about bookings are common, while demands are not. They also note that Giuliani "has pushed the bounds in ways few guests have before".

Politico published a copy of the first page of the letter.

The letter was written in September 2019, a time in which Biden held no public office, meaning that it is not a decree, but a request by a campaign which has no legally binding status.

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    It's just a request for "equal time", which I think only actually applies to candidates. Not sure, exactly, but describing Giulias "a surrogate for Donald Trump" relates to Trump as presumptive GOP nominee. Might be interesting to follow up in politics or law SEs.
    – user11643
    Oct 17, 2020 at 1:55

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