Why Did Giuliani’s Exchange With Cuomo Play As A Gaffe When It Wasn’t One?

The Federalist | 1/18/2019 | Margot Cleveland
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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time. Host Chris Cuomo drilled Giuliani on the possibility that former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, colluded with Russia.

After Giuliani complained about the amount of false reporting surrounding the Russia investigation, Cuomo countered: “False reporting is saying that there has been no suggestion of any kind of collusion between the campaign and any Russians.” Giuliani retorted: “Well, you just misstated my position. I never said there was no collusion between the campaign! Or between people in the campaign.”

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Giuliani’s aside “quickly sent the Internet into a tailspin.” Trump’s team is moving the goalposts the Twitterverse charged. Salon reported that Rudy Giuliani dropped Trump’s “no collusion” claim, while yesterday morning CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota claimed “President Trump’s lawyer admits the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia.” And Wednesday’s New York Times framed Giuliani’s comment as leaving “open the possibility that Trump campaign aides might have coordinated with Russia in its election interference in 2016.”

While Giuliani’s comments to Cuomo did Trump no favors, it is disingenuous in the extreme to cast Trump as the one moving the goalposts. The FBI and DOJ have been targeting Trump since the summer of 2016 and for the last two years, the MSM has screeched about a new or refurbished collusion theory on a weekly basis, with continuing insinuations that this or that indictment or plea will finally take the president down.

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Trump has always said that he did not collude with Russia. And as for those on his campaign, the president has maintained that nobody in his campaign had colluded with Russia, “as far as I know.” Cuomo even acknowledged Trump’s caveat during his interview with Giuliani!

Further, former FBI Director James Comey stated in prepared testimony for the Senate Select Committee...
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