In a Wednesday interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani claimed he has never said "nobody" involved with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia – just that Trump himself did not.
"I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign... I have not. I said the President of the United States," Pres. Trump’s attorney @RudyGiuliani tells @ChrisCuomo https://t.co/Jy0gttT6Ac pic.twitter.com/JGISmtgrdy— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 17, 2019
"I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign," said Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney. "I have no idea."
"Yes, you did," Cuomo interjected.
"No, I did not," Giuliani said. "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."
"First of all, crime is not the bar of accountability for a president," Cuomo replied. "It's about what you knew, what was right and what was wrong, and what did you deceive about. Those are the major considerations."
"The president did not collude with the Russians," Giuliani said, claiming that Trump never said "nobody" in his campaign colluded with Russia.
"He said he didn't," Giuliani said.
"He actually did say that, Rudy," Cuomo said.
According to the Washington Post, Trump frequently has denied that his campaign colluded with Russia.
"The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion," Trump tweeted in February 2018.
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
Six months later, he tweeted: "Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX."
Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX. The Democrats paid for the phony and discredited Dossier which was, along with Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, used to begin the Witch Hunt. Disgraceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
Additionally, Trump wrote in December that "Democrats can't find a Smocking Gun (sic) tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey's testimony."
“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun...No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2018
Giuliani appeared to back similar statements in a July interview with Fox News' Guy Benson, the Post reported.
"Is it still the position of you and your client that there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever on behalf of the Trump campaign?" Benson asked Giuliani.
"Correct," he said, according to the Post.
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