Now that he’s all but admitted members of the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia, Rudy Giuliani is in full damage control mode, but his efforts to clean up his previous comments are only making him and his client, President Donald Trump, look that much more guilty.
During an appearance on CNN Wednesday evening, Giuliani told host Chris Cuomo:
“I never said there was no collusion by the campaign or between people in the campaign.
“I said the president of the United States! There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you could commit here, conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC.”
Giuliani now says others on the campaign—but not the President—might have colluded with Russia. And Cuomo’s eyebrows might win an Emmy for the reaction. pic.twitter.com/usGMCnUnKa
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) January 17, 2019
But on Thursday, Giuliani reached out to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times and told her:
“To clarify my comments during the Cuomo interview last evening because they have been misinterpreted I issue the following statement:
“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.”
Oh, and he also tried to blame Hillary Clinton for colluding with Russia, because when in doubt, this White House falls back on the default of blaming either Hillary or Barack Obama:
“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
How exactly can Giuliani have any “knowledge” about the Clinton campaign colluding with Russia? And if he does, why doesn’t he share it with all of us? The absurdity of Rudy trying to claim he has any “knowledge” whatsoever is laughable, because his brain certainly seems to be blank.
Reaction from Twitter to Rudy’s walk back of his comments was swift:
I can’t find Hillary here. pic.twitter.com/uEoPUclkYT
— Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) January 17, 2019
He’s running neck-and-neck with @realDonaldTrump for the Gaslighter of the Year Award, and it’s only January.
— Joe Mandese (@jmandese) January 17, 2019
He doesn’t know anything about the campaign he worked for but does know about the campaign he didn’t work for?
— Leonard Smalls (@apocalypsebiker) January 17, 2019
That moment when you realize you just sent the President’s son to jail.
— Christopher Tyree (@christyree69) January 17, 2019
The advice any attorney worth their salt would give to both Giuliani and his client, Donald Trump is this: Shut the hell up!
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