Rudy Giuliani continues his incredibly ineffective representation of Donald Trump.
Last night, Rudy Giuliani went on CNN to talk about collusion, and it did not go well. That's because Rudy got in a shouting match with Chris Cuomo over whether Rudy had previously said the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia.
Now, you'd expect that Giuliani's position here would be that no one had colluded, but you would be wrong. Instead, he went off on Cuomo for "misstating" his position. What is Rudy's position? That other people in the campaign colluded with Russia, but not Trump: "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign!"
Rudy went on to move the goalposts in a remarkable fashion, declaring "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."
Of course, there are plenty of other possible crimes covered by collusion besides whether Trump worked with the Russians to hack the DNC email servers. Also, there's the fact that the Russians did indeed try to hack the DNC the same day Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton's emails. But perhaps most of all, there's a real problem with admitting that collusion may have utterly surrounded the president and somehow believing that the president wasn't touched by that.
It's a constant source of bewilderment that Rudy Giuliani retains his job as Trump's lawyer, given his near-perpetual ability to say precisely the wrong thing all the time. He recently told Fox News he wasn't really sure when his client stopped working with Russia on the Trump Tower Moscow deal. Last summer, he told George Stephanopoulos that maybe Trump did know, in advance, about the June 2016 meeting, where members of the Trump campaign met with Russians to try to get incriminating material on Hillary Clinton. And earlier in 2018, he went on television to say that it "was not uncommon" for Trump to make hush-money payoffs.
Besides admitting the Trump campaign was rife with colluders, Rudy also used his CNN experience to make Trump sound even more disconnected and dumb than usual, insisting that Trump didn't know anything about the changes to the 2016 Republican platform that were made during the RNC. Those changes weakened the party's stance on protecting Ukraine from Russia.
According to Giuliani, "the president had no knowledge" of the change to his platform. Cuomo was incredulous about this, so Rudy went on to insist that "candidates don't know a damned thing about the platform." Cuomo pointed out that he was "raised by a guy [Mario Cuomo, longtime governor of New York] who would have corrected the punctuation in the platform."
It says a lot that the best picture Giuliani can paint of Trump is that he was a buffoon who didn't know his party's own platform and was surrounded by people colluding with a foreign country.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.