After a wild week of watching first the BuzzFeed report come out that seemed to confirm Donald Trump’s participation in Michael Cohen’s felony of lying to Congress — then a carefully-worded rebuttal directly from the special counsel’s office that many took to mean Robert Mueller was saying none of the report was accurate — we may now be back at square one when it comes to knowing whether or not Trump told Cohen to cover for him when he testified about the duration of the talks between Donald Trump and Russia concerning the building of a Trump Tower in Moscow.
While the Mueller statement did refute some of the points made in Jason Leopold’s piece at BuzzFeed, it certainly didn’t say it was all wrong. Now, through another accidental admission from Trump’s legal team by — you guessed it — none other than Rudy Giuliani, it seems Mueller probably wasn’t talking about the heart of that article (that Trump discussed Cohen’s testimony with him) but rather the assertion that “two federal law enforcement officers” had been the ones to tell BuzzFeed‘s reporters.
Regardless, Rudy’s appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper on Sunday did nothing to clear up any confusion. As the two men discussed the report, Rudy inadvertently allowed for the possibility that Trump had spoken to Cohen prior to giving his testimony before Congress. And unlike when Giuliani goes on friendly Fox News, Tapper was unafraid to follow up with him:
You just acknowledged that President Trump might have talked to him about his testimony.”
The look of panic on Giuliani’s face would have gotten about a million shares on Instagram. And what he said next might have gotten him a future fitting for concrete shoes:
And so what if he talked to him about it? If he had any discussions with him, they’d be about the version of the events that Michael Cohen gave them which they all believe was true.”
Um, Rudy. Rudes. Roodster. That’s literally the President discussing false testimony with Cohen. You probably shouldn’t say that.
Watch the exchange below:
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