MSNBC host Katy Turn couldn’t help but ask “what is going on,” during Monday’s “Meet the Press.” The comment came after a day of gaffes from President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who Tur said is disputing accusations no one ever made.
“The president’s lawyer himself is denying the president himself hacked into the DNC and the Clinton campaign, which is strange because no one has accused the president of hacking into the DNC or the Clinton campaign,” she said at the top of Monday’s show.
She noted that Giuliani “is now denying that the president himself met with a group of Russians at Trump Tower, which is strange because no one has accused the president of meeting with a group of Russians at Trump Tower.”
Giuliani also denied there was a meeting to talk strategy ahead of the Trump Tower meeting, another thing no one ever alleged.
“So what the heck is going on?” she asked. “Well, the president’s lawyer is arguing that colluding with Russia isn’t a crime. Which is strange, because the president has been telling us for over a year now that there was not any collusion.”
“The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is also arguing that there isn’t a single stitch of evidence of collusion,” she also observed. “Which is strange, because that’s just not true, and it’s even less true now than it’s ever been.”
She asked her political panel if the “bizarre string of claims” is a reaction to developments in the case, “which raise legitimate questions about collusion.” Giuliani is now alleging that Trump lied when he said he didn’t know his campaign met with Russia after being told the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
She also played a clip of Trump saying that anyone who hacked Hillary Clinton would be rewarded. The latest development in the case is that the Justice Department said that at least one persona created by Russian hackers was communicating with long-time Trump advisor Roger Stone.
Watch Tur’s commentary and conversation with her panel below:
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