It seems that Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor and the republican President Donald Trump’s personal attorney has let loose on another major slip of the tongue. As per Mr. Giuliani, the president was definitely not present at the infamous June 9th meeting in 2016 where the campaign manager, Paul Manafort, the president’s son, Don Jr. and his son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russian operatives to receive dirt on the democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. But the president was in attendance at its planning session, held on the 7th of June 2016.
Of course, this wasn’t a simple slip of the tongue. It seems like there’s the very real possibility that the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort who goes on trial soon, that his long term 2nd in command Rick Gates, a cooperating witness for the US prosecutors, would be in a position to testify against him. And thus, he could be spilling the beans about the 6/7/16 pre-planning conference. Oops! This slip of the tongue by Mr. Giuliani is known in political parlance, as “getting ahead of the story.”
So, now Mr. Giuliani and other presidential GOP sycophants like NJ Governor Chris Christie are hot on the media trail with the talking point that collusion is not a crime, so the president did nothing illegal. Good luck with that! Infractions like conspiracy to commit fraud; and the aiding and abetting in a criminal activity, are on the books.
The coup de grace to the president’s web of lies that are about to hang him, are his own words issued after the June 7th planning session. This is where he declares on national TV that by Monday (6/9/16), he hoped to be in a position to reveal some damning information about Mrs. Clinton.
As per the July 30, 2018 edition of The Week, “The goalposts have moved.”
“President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on CNN and Fox & Friends on (7/30/18) to argue that collusion is not a crime.”
“Giuliani condemned Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he laughed at the notion that Trump had done anything wrong. “Collusion is not a crime,” Giuliani said on Fox & Friends.”
“Hacking is the crime,” he said on CNN’s New Day. “The president didn’t hack, he didn’t pay for the hacking.” He continued to argue that there’s “not a single stitch of evidence of collusion,” which apparently is inconsequential anyway, since Giuliani believes it would be legal even if Trump did collude.”
During the week of the 22nd of July 2018, CNN reported that Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen claimed Trump was told about the offer to have the meeting ahead of time and approved it. Cohen reportedly said he was one of several people in the room when Trump told his son Donald Trump Jr. to go ahead with it. The younger Trump was later one of several senior campaign officials, including Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, who attended the meeting.
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”