Rudy Giuliani Clarifies Collusion Comments, Claims No Knowledge Of Cooperation Between Kremlin And Any Of The 'Thousands' On Campaign
He only speaks for one man.
Rudy Giuliani on Thursday tried to clarify comments he made a day earlier implying that some on the Trump campaign could have possibly colluded with the Kremlin, just not the President.
“I represent only President Trump not the Trump campaign,” Giuliani said in a statement to the Daily News. “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.”
On Wednesday, the former New York City mayor claimed during a CNN interview that he “never said’ the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russia.
“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign,” Giuliani said during an interview on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” show Wednesday night.
“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 can commit here, conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC,” he added, referring to the Democratic National Committee.
Giuliani’s comments contradict several previous statements made by the President, who has repeatedly denied anyone working for him coordinated with Russians in attempting to influence the 2016 election in his favor.
He also conceded that the shifting story line has been strange, but maintained he’s not dropping trying to preemptively get ahead of some forthcoming bombshell.
“I can understand the confusion,” Giuliani said when asked why he’s now saying he can’t guarantee no one on the campaign colluded. “But I can assure you I’m not trying to take the wind out of anything that’s going to come out in the future.”
The erstwhile mayor has previously claimed that “no collusion” took place and that “collusion is not a crime.” He also said no one in “the upper levels of the Trump campaign” coordinated with the Kremlin.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump or any of his associates conspired to sway the results.
Giuliani’s CNN comments were initiated by a question about the revelation in court papers that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared campaign polling data with an associate the U.S. has tied to Russian intelligence.
Mueller’s investigation has resulted in dozens of indictments against Russian intelligence officers and guilty pleas from several people close to Trump, including his former campaign chairman and personal attorney.
Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was convicted on a slew of tax and bank fraud charges and also pleaded guilty to two felonies: conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice for tampering with witnesses.
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The President’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has also pleaded guilty to charges including lying to Congress and campaign finance violations, implicating Trump in a scheme to pay off women alleging affairs with the President. ___
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