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Washington - 'I Never Said There Was No Collusion,' Trump Lawyer Says

Published on: January 17, 2019 09:23 AM
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event for Eddie Edwards, who is running for the U.S. Congress, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File )FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event for Eddie Edwards, who is running for the U.S. Congress, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File )

Washington - President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has “never said there was no collusion” between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 White House campaign.

Giuliani’s comments night directly contradicted the position of his client, who has repeatedly insisted there was no collusion during his successful White House run. Giuliani himself had previously called the idea of Russian collusion “total fake news.” But as court filings in the last year have detailed ties between Trump aides and Russia, he now appears to have left open the possibility of improper contacts.

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“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign,” Giuliani said Wednesday night on CNN.

It was not clear whether Giuliani was reflecting a new position or talking point from the Trump legal team or was making a strategic attempt to get ahead of potentially damaging findings from special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating potential coordination between Russia and the president’s campaign.

Either way, the comment reflected a stark turnabout from longstanding denials by the White House and Trump advisers of improper collusion. In November 2016, for instance, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”

Giuliani said that even if some on the campaign did something wrong, the president was not part of any collusion.

“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 said, referring to the Democratic National Committee.

In a statement Thursday aimed at clarifying the comments, Giuliani said, “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.”

He repeated, without elaboration, his claim of collusion between Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Russia that he said had been “ignored.”

The comments on collusion came after Giuliani was reminded of prosecutors’ allegations that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had lied about sharing campaign polling data with an associate U.S. authorities have tied to Russian intelligence.

So far, Mueller has charged 33 people, including five Trump associates and 32 Russians accused of interfering in the election either through hacking or through a hidden social media campaign aimed at swaying American public opinion.

Giuliani also said the Trump legal team had told Mueller that the president would not answer any additional questions from prosecutors. Trump has so far answered only a limited number of questions in writing. Trump’s lawyers have balked at the idea of a face-to-face interview with Mueller’s office or having Trump questioned about potential obstruction of justice or other actions he took as president.

William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that he wouldn’t interfere with a Mueller request to subpoena the president to compel his testimony “if there was a factual basis for doing it.”



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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Hey, Uneducated Archy Bunker, mo'de b'mikzas, chaive!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 09:31 AM Anonymous Says:

The defendant's own lawyer has admitted his client's guilt. I rest my case your honor!

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:02 AM Educated Archy Says:

Rudy america's mayor, has been saying this for years. The fake news likes to make a tzimus and lie. Just like the picture they post. They managed to find the most intimidating ugly picture of him just to portray a fake story. He has been saying for years that the preisdent was unaware of collusion but there may have been crimes committed by some of his staff members. And how is he suppose to know about it??

Also let me be clear that collusion is vague. There is no crime called collusion. Its a fake crime.

Cant wait to see the typical ten screen name spam from the whimp who has to outshout everyone and make believe he is from the majorty.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:43 AM MAYERFREUND Says:

Is this the new " fake news"

On the border wall
Trump: I Never Said mexico will write a check.
now I Never Said There Was No Collusion,' Trump Lawyer Says

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:46 AM TRump is the bus driver Says:

Seems to me that TRump just threw most of his campaign staff (and his administration) under the bus.

[Kellyanne Con-way, the Con-man, just became Kellyanne Toss-a-way. Kellyanne, time to lawyer up.]

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 10:56 AM yaakov doe Says:

Archy, How did Trump manage to know so little about so many of his family and staff colluding with Russia? Doesn't that show some failings at the least? Watch the video of Rudy facing questions by Cuomo.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 11:47 AM hashomer Says:

Did someone slip Crazy Uncle Rudy Truth Serum? For months he's on the record saying the investigation is a hoax, fraud, witch hunt. Now he throws client #1 under T-40 Tank, Traitor Trumpf colluding w CCCP ROOSSIA! Wow

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:13 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
MAYERFREUND Says:

Is this the new " fake news"

On the border wall
Trump: I Never Said mexico will write a check.
now I Never Said There Was No Collusion,' Trump Lawyer Says

Nope you are the new fake news. I have been listening to rudy for years and he always said that he represents the president and is speaking only for him.

Its you that's making up buba mases

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 12:18 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #6  
yaakov doe Says:

Archy, How did Trump manage to know so little about so many of his family and staff colluding with Russia? Doesn't that show some failings at the least? Watch the video of Rudy facing questions by Cuomo.

Simple Yoni.

Of course Trump had knowledge of opposition research from Russia. Trump knew about dirt from Russia. But thats not a crime.

i have been stating from day one (so don't try to slip me on words) that yes we know Trump "colluded". You have to be completley naive to think no "collusion" occurred. The question is was it "illegal collusion". Collusion itself is not a crime. The "illegal collusion" part is nuanced and not something that you'd expect Trump himself to know about.

That should address your silly Bus driver troll/ spam comment too.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:05 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #9  
Educated Archy Says:

Simple Yoni.

Of course Trump had knowledge of opposition research from Russia. Trump knew about dirt from Russia. But thats not a crime.

i have been stating from day one (so don't try to slip me on words) that yes we know Trump "colluded". You have to be completley naive to think no "collusion" occurred. The question is was it "illegal collusion". Collusion itself is not a crime. The "illegal collusion" part is nuanced and not something that you'd expect Trump himself to know about.

That should address your silly Bus driver troll/ spam comment too.

If, as has been disclosed, the collusion occurred while the Trump Tower in Moscow was still being negotiated, then any quid pro quo would be per se illegal under federal bribery statutes. Not sure quid pro quo can be proven but if it is, it's a 15 year sentence. Don Jr. is more exposed than his father though.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:13 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #3  
Educated Archy Says:

Rudy america's mayor, has been saying this for years. The fake news likes to make a tzimus and lie. Just like the picture they post. They managed to find the most intimidating ugly picture of him just to portray a fake story. He has been saying for years that the preisdent was unaware of collusion but there may have been crimes committed by some of his staff members. And how is he suppose to know about it??

Also let me be clear that collusion is vague. There is no crime called collusion. Its a fake crime.

Cant wait to see the typical ten screen name spam from the whimp who has to outshout everyone and make believe he is from the majorty.

I have news for you. Nixon did NOT BREAK IN to the DNC. In Yiddish we say the fish stinkt fun the kap. In English its His responsibility. He is the one who benefited. Just like a Mafia Boss who doesnt do the actualy killings. They do it on his behalf. If they find you with stolen merchandise you pay it back and probably end up in jail. It doesnt matter you didnt steal it.. At the minimum he got elected with their help , He has no legitimate claim for the Presidency.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Educated Archy Says:

Rudy america's mayor, has been saying this for years. The fake news likes to make a tzimus and lie. Just like the picture they post. They managed to find the most intimidating ugly picture of him just to portray a fake story. He has been saying for years that the preisdent was unaware of collusion but there may have been crimes committed by some of his staff members. And how is he suppose to know about it??

Also let me be clear that collusion is vague. There is no crime called collusion. Its a fake crime.

Cant wait to see the typical ten screen name spam from the whimp who has to outshout everyone and make believe he is from the majorty.

Collusion = conspiracy with Russia to hack the DNC Read Giuliani.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:24 PM MTL Says:

Giuliani never said there was no "collusion". He said, multiple times, that it was not against the law.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 02:34 PM hashomer Says:

Thanks Crazy Uncle Rudy! Time for a nice kiddish w extra schmaltz herring... (no orange sheitl-heads invited). LOL

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:21 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #10  
Phineas Says:

If, as has been disclosed, the collusion occurred while the Trump Tower in Moscow was still being negotiated, then any quid pro quo would be per se illegal under federal bribery statutes. Not sure quid pro quo can be proven but if it is, it's a 15 year sentence. Don Jr. is more exposed than his father though.

Correct and thats what Rudy is saying there was no quid pro quo on nay business deals.

What quid pro quo are you dreaming of that happened for a silly towerin Moskow? What do you really think trump gave the ruskies in return for a tower?

And FYI yoni, The real concerning quid pro quo is if the dirt on Hillary was given with a deal that sanctions would be lifted. Even that is nonsense.

Your theory as is silly as your statement that you are a lawyer.

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:24 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #11  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

I have news for you. Nixon did NOT BREAK IN to the DNC. In Yiddish we say the fish stinkt fun the kap. In English its His responsibility. He is the one who benefited. Just like a Mafia Boss who doesnt do the actualy killings. They do it on his behalf. If they find you with stolen merchandise you pay it back and probably end up in jail. It doesnt matter you didnt steal it.. At the minimum he got elected with their help , He has no legitimate claim for the Presidency.

Yup I agree he got elected with thier help as any politican would do. Ehud Barak got elected with Clinton's help too. That's life buddy. get over it. The ruskies did help him and hopefully will help him again in 2020. What you gona do about it??

Perfect legitmate claim. its called poltics. The only differnece is that he didn't wrap it around a fake name called "opposition research". he just outright prustly did it. i agree the man is prust.

looking forward toward more collusion in 2020

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 Jan 17, 2019 at 04:29 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Collusion = conspiracy with Russia to hack the DNC Read Giuliani.

Buddy you need to get your timeline set up straight. When the ruskies hacked the DNC, trump never dreamed he'd be the nominee. Trump was busy knocking little marco and lyin ted. He was way behind and was the farthest removed from hacking the DNC.

In fact if you know the way trump thinks, he can't plan so far ahead. You think the man was already planning on the general elections before you won the primiaries? He is not such a deep thinker and big planner. if you admit that. His mind wasn't on the dems during the hack.

And mueller and all experts agree. Trump and his associates had zero zlitch to do with hacking.

What they did do is, they got the info once it was hacked already and ready to be disclosed. And it was info that the American public had a right to know about. We had a right to now that Hillary rigged elections and that she got debate questions beforehand. (Thats a form of rigging)

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