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5:01 AM This post has been updated. Rudolph W. Giuliani claimed Wednesday night that he “never said there was no collusion” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia leading up to the 2016 presidential election. In a remarkable, at times contentious, interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the president’s lawyer was accused of contradicting his own past statements about collusion as well as what Trump and his supporters have repeatedly asserted. On Twitter, Trump has used the phrase “no collusion” dozens of times, and a number of those instances were direct denials that his campaign was involved with the Russian government. Giuliani’s shocking declarations — several of which Cuomo called out as being false — quickly sent the Internet into a tailspin as many wondered what could have prompted the former New York mayor to suddenly change course
edit on 1172019 by Sillyolme because: (no reason given)
In sharp reversal, Giuliani now claims: 'I never said there was no collusion between the campaign' and Russia
"I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign," Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo, who immediately pushed back on that point. "I have not," Giuliani said in doubling-down on his first remark. "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." When Cuomo pushed back on that line as well, Giuliani said Trump "didn't collude with Russia either!" On Thursday, in an interview with NBC News, Giuliani denied that he flip-flopped on the issue of collusion. "No," he said, when asked if he acknowledged that his comments Wednesday night represented a change from his previous remarks. "If it was, it was subconscious." "I represent the president. I can speak only to the president, not the campaign. The president was not involved in, nor does the president have any knowledge of collusion with the Russians or anyone else. I have no knowledge that anyone on the campaign colluded, but obviously I cannot speak for everyone on the campaign," he added. In July, the president's attorney claimed "no collusion," but that "collusion is not a crime." Giuliani said at the time that no one in ”the upper levels of the Trump campaign“ colluded with Russia, adding in a Fox News interview that he had “no reason to believe anybody else did” either. Recommended Yes, the shutdown has taken a toll on Trump Michael Cohen says he paid tech firm to rig online polls 'at the direction of' Trump His latest comments sounded much different than Trump's, who has denied that any collusion between his campaign and Russia took place. "There was nobody to collude with," Trump said at a press conference alongside Vladimir Putin last summer. "There was no collusion with the campaign.” In a tweet from last February, Trump said his campaign "did nothing wrong — no collusion!" And prior to his former national security adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing last month, Trump tweeted that it was going to be "interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign." "There was no Collusion!" he added. Giuliani was also pressed on the new revelations regarding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose attorneys appeared to accidentally reveal information in what was supposed to be a redacted court filing that showed Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with a Russian linked to the nation's intelligence services. "It's not collusion," Giuliani claimed. "Because polling data is given to everybody." The attorney added that Manafort "shouldn't have given it to them" and that it was "wrong to give it to them," however. But he also said such internal polling data "is cooked" and "the most inaccurate stuff." Allan Smith Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News. by Taboola SPONSORED STORIES The Anatomy Of Successful Insurance Websites You Never Knew !! Finance Fiasta The Beginner's Guide to Native Advertising Taboola
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: cognizant420
Why are they changing their story? Because Mueller has evidence of collusion?
Where is that damn tick tock when you really need it?
originally posted by: TheElectricPriest
a reply to: Sillyolme
And the award for worst timed OP goes to...
(literally seconds too late)
originally posted by: Sillyolme
Since when do they not speak for everyone on the campaign? LOL
Mueller must have some very condemning evidence for them to be changing course this late in the game.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
Basically hes saying the Donald Trump did not personally collude with the Russians and he has no knowledge whatsoever of anyone else involved in trumps campaign doing so either.
Is that what he said?