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Giuliani 'Torched Two Years of Donald Trump's Collusion Denials': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Tears Apart Ex-Mayor's 'Incoherent' Ramblings

July 30, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The line from the White House has gone from “no collusion” to “collusion isn't a crime.”


MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace put the bizarre spectacle of Rudy Giuliani's latest media blitz in context Monday, showing how convoluted and twisted President Donald Trump's defenses of his own actions with regard to Russian interference in the 2016 election have become.

“In a single round of media appearances, Rudy Giuliani today torched years of Donald Trump's collusion denials, muddying the waters to a near-unrecognizable condition as he spirals deeper into incoherent scenarios about what the president did and didn't know about the Trump Tower meeting,” she said.

At the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer in hopes of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Kremlin. The president has denied knowing about the meeting at the time, but those denials are getting hard to believe.

“That meeting is now at the heart of the obstruction of justice investigation and is perhaps also being investigated as part of a conspiracy to coordinate with a known American adversary,” Wallace said. She noted that Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have begun defending the idea that Trump might have known about or even encouraged the meeting.

“Here are two of the president's closest allies and advisors debuting the new line on Russian collusion, not that it didn't happen as Donald Trump has insisted on a near daily basis, but that if it did, it wouldn't really matter because, well, collusion isn't a crime,” Wallace said.

She noted, in addition, that “collusion” with the Russians could be a type of criminal conspiracy — which certainly is a crime.

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