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 (@tommychong) January 20, 2019
— Jeremy 🇺🇸 (@440HEMIJB) January 21, 2019
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 (@matthewamiller) January 21, 2019
Unless Giuliani's goal is just to confuse people all the time, he is uniquely bad at his legal-spokesman job. To the NYT, he *spoke in Trump's voice*: he said Trump told him the Moscow talks were “going on from the day I announced to the day I won." https://t.co/fByHosLzdv
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 21, 2019
I guess Giuliani doesn’t think it’s lying since he isn’t under oath. What a fall from grace this guy has had. Willing to deceive the American people to defend one of the most unethical Americans ever in office.
— ddbell (@derabll) January 21, 2019
Does Rudy Giuliani ever issue a statement now without immediately afterwards having to issue a clarifying one? I mean he’s either the world’s most incompetent lawyer or he’s a one man smoke machine…. https://t.co/ebtBj27CjW
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) January 21, 2019
Translation: “I just made s**t up.” https://t.co/wpAeC4vRBJ
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 21, 2019