President Donald Trump’s legal team has proven the cliche that birds of a feather, flock together. His lawyer Rudy Giuliani has defined his public appearances with lying, and this Thursday, he offered a belligerent statement to cover for a particularly lie-riddled recent appearance on CNN with Chris Cuomo. In both the appearance and his follow-up statement, he tried to defend the Trump campaign against the familiar charges of collusion with Russia.
In the three paragraph follow-up statement, he jumped right into a pivot to pointing fingers at Hillary Clinton as many have come to expect from the Trump team at this point but remains irrelevantly desperate anyway.
‘I represent only President Trump not the Trump campaign. There was no collusion by President Trump in any way, shape or form. Likewise, I have no knowledge of any collusion by any of the thousands of people who worked on the campaign. The only knowledge I have in this regard is the collusion of the Clinton campaign with Russia which has so far been ignored.’
From Giuliani: pic.twitter.com/VUt5LYvI2T
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 17, 2019
Previously on CNN, he’d insisted that neither he nor the president had ever claimed there was no collusion with Russia within the Trump team at all, just that Donald Trump personally had never colluded.
Anyone who’s even somewhat familiar with the Trump team’s s response to the Russia scandal knows what a bonkers claim that is — but Giuliani is sticking by it, apparently. Like Trump, he seems perpetually unwilling and/or unable to admit when he’s made a mistake.
He’s previously attracted attention for high profile shifts like this latest one. For instance, he claimed at one point after months of “No collusion!” cries from the Trump camp that collusion isn’t even a crime, so if they did collude, it doesn’t matter — although it would still matter if Hillary did it, apparently.
Firstly, while mentions of “collusion” may be scant in the American legal code, multiple interests in the Russia scandal have already been charged with “conspiracy against the United States” for efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Giuliani may have come to terms with this fact which is why he’s now claiming Trump personally didn’t collude at all.
Additionally, however, Hillary Clinton is not remotely guilty of collusion with Russia. Although it’s true that her team worked with a firm which ended up using Russian sources to gather dirt on Trump — which that firm eventually brought to the FBI’s attention — that’s not remotely the same as cooperating with the Russian government’s secret attempt to tilt the outcome of the 2016 election in their favor. The point isn’t the Russian nationality — the point is the secret meddling, although Giuliani isn’t the first Trump team member to trot out the claim otherwise anyway. The president himself did so during his rally appearances ahead of the midterm elections.
Then and now, the truth has remained that there are mountains of evidence that the Trump team participated in the secret scheme to tilt the 2016 presidential race and its aftermath in Russia’s favor. Trump’s campaign manager was in Kremlin-connected interests’ pocket, his national security adviser sought private policy alignment with the Kremlin, and his own son met with a Kremlin lawyer who he’d been promised would bring dirt on Hillary.
Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller’s final report is only getting closer.
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