Guests on an MSNBC morning show panel with Joy Reid reacted with disdain for presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani’s recent television appearances, noting that Giuliani has continued to contradict himself about the extent of President Donald Trump’s ties to Russian operatives and the reality of what he knew about Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.
“Every week Rudy Giuliani gets on TV and confesses another crime. I expect him to say in two weeks that Trump is guilty of everything,” said Tara Dowell, who once appeared on The Apprentice with Trump.
“I do billion-dollar deals all the time, so some of them just kind of slip my mind, I guess,” said Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. “If there’s ever a trial on all of this, I think a whole day of the trial will just be jurors watching old Rudy Giuliani tapes and clips because the number of times, he is essentially confirming Trump lied through his teeth about doing business with Russia in that period—it’s just astounding.”
Former House GOP staffer Kurt Bardella also mocked Giuliani’s conflicting stories, saying:
“I don’t think he [Giuliani] understands anything that he’s saying half the time at this point. It’s almost like, does Rudy even talk to Donald Trump at all? This has got to be the worst lawyer in the history of mankind. He should be disbarred for being such a terrible lawyer. Every time he goes on television he contradicts himself…in the same conversation..it is maddening..but it is also part of what they do, throw out so many different things that it is impossible to focus on any one point.”
Many have criticized Giuliani in recent days, in large part due to the way he responded to an explosive Buzzfeed News report alleging Trump directed his former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a construction deal for a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Giuliani recalled a conversation he had with Trump in which Trump said the Trump Tower Moscow talks were “going on from the day I announced to the day I won.”
How is it that Rudy Giuliani hasn’t been disbarred yet? https://t.co/R00VhhsEQS
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) January 20, 2019
He was immediately criticized.
.@RudyGiuliani is truly moving to a position where he'll soon be saying, "So what if the President broke the law? You know how many people break the law every day? I mean, just look at stop signs. People are always rolling through stop signs. And that's breaking the law, right?"
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 20, 2019
Amazing: @RudyGiuliani recounts to @nytimes a conversation between himself and @realDonaldTrump in which Trump said the Trump Tower Moscow talks were “going on from the day I announced to the day I won.”
In doing so, Giuliani waived privilege over that conversation. Incompetent. pic.twitter.com/9YqjwmRYU1
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 21, 2019
Rudy Giuliani has extended the timeline for Trump's discussions on a Trump Tower Moscow project to the election. Is there any evidence that those talks actually stopped then? Is there a reason to take Giulaini's word that those talks stopped when Trump was elected?
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2019
should one of us remind Rudy Giuliani that he's working *for* Trump, or should we just sit back and pass the popcorn. I'm thinking popcorn
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 20, 2019
Despite these contradictions, Giuliani has continued to try and impugn Buzzfeed News‘s credibility.
#FAKENEWS: BuzzFeed is current example but Vanity Fair may be worst. Recently they said I don’t like my job. Lie! I am honored to represent a friend who has exceeded even my expectations. Against irrational opposition he’s done more to fix US than any President in my life.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 20, 2019
He has also insisted his “statements on collusion haven’t changed.”
My statements on collusion haven’t changed. The misinterpretation has changed. The point is I represent the President not the campaign. But from both perspectives there is no involvement in collusion with Russians on the email hack, the only possible crime.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 17, 2019
He has also attacked Cohen on a regular basis while insisting that those who criticize the president are suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
The false BuzzFeed story shows that #FAKENEWS is real and so is the Deep State. Both are dangerous to our rights. Maybe those who can still think rationally despite their illness (Trump Derangement Syndrome) will tone back their misplaced hatred. It’s hurting them big time.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 19, 2019
Giuliani had a flippant reaction recently when questioned about Cohen’s decision to testify before Congress on February 7.
“Big deal!” he said. “I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar.”
Giuliani further came under fire after he suggested that Trump’s legal team should be given the opportunity to “correct” Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report before the American people or Congress see it.
“As a matter of fairness, they should show it to you — so we can correct it if they’re wrong,” Giuliani said. “They’re not God, after all. They could be wrong.”
Giuliani says it’s a matter of executive privilege.
“Of course we have to see [the report] before it goes to Congress,” he said. “We have reserved executive privilege and we have a right to assert it. The only way we can assert it is if we see what is in the report.”