Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday released a statement seeking to clarify his comments over the weekend.
"My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow ‘project’ were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President. My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions. The point is that the proposal was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent."
Giuliani told CNN over the weekend that Trump might have talked to Cohen about his congressional testimony. The attorney also said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that discussions on Trump Tower in Moscow were "active" throughout the 2016 election.
Giuliani's decision to walk back his comments ignited a wave of mockery online:
What are the odds that Trump will tweet the opposite to what Giuliani said.? 10 to one? What? https://t.co/W9G2IzNHTr— Tommy Chong (@Tommy Chong) 1548020911.0
Ugh...when will @potus shitcan @RudyGiuliani? He's no different than all the other attention seekers in msm. Always gotta open his mouth.— Jeremy 🇺🇸 (@Jeremy 🇺🇸) 1548102502.0
I don't think Giuliani's goal is to just muddy the waters, but it is an obvious outcome of his incompetence. https://t.co/y9E8Isbl7H— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1548102483.0
Unless Giuliani's goal is just to confuse people all the time, he is uniquely bad at his legal-spokesman job. To th… https://t.co/DvOLoKR3fT— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1548102303.0
@CillizzaCNN I guess Giuliani doesn’t think it’s lying since he isn’t under oath. What a fall from grace this guy h… https://t.co/H7EFze54o2— ddbell (@ddbell) 1548102986.0
Does Rudy Giuliani ever issue a statement now without immediately afterwards having to issue a clarifying one? I me… https://t.co/jI2Hi1yZVC— Jon Sopel (@Jon Sopel) 1548103318.0
Translation: “I just made s**t up.” https://t.co/wpAeC4vRBJ— George Conway (@George Conway) 1548102463.0