Former New York City Mayor and current personal attorney to the President, Rudy Giuliani has been hard at work doing damage control in response to a heavily redacted sentencing memo regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report noted “substantial assistance” from Flynn and recommended no jail time, details that seem foreboding for President Donald Trump.
Like his client, Giuliani — risking at the peril of his own public perception — has repeatedly brayed that the Russia investigation is nothing but a partisan “witch hunt,” despite the numerous indictments and guilty pleas the investigation has yielded.
When emphasizing the stress that the investigation has put on the White House, Giuliani said of Trump’s attempts to submit written answers to questions from the Special Counsel:
“Answering those questions was a nightmare. It took him about three weeks to do what would normally take two days.”
Unfortunately, Giuliani’s client loves to brag. Trump said of the questions:
“I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily.”
Previous reports on the President—such as Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward and the New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous high-ranking White House official—give a description of Trump not unlike that of an unruly child. While it may be easy for the child to run amok, it’s the babysitter—in this case, Giuliani—who bears the brunt of the work.
Upon release of the contradictory answers from attorney and client, Twitter users drew a similar conclusion.
"They were easy questions and I answered them all by myself…just like a big boy!"
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
— VEC 🇺🇸☮️🌊 (@VECancel) December 6, 2018
Maybe Trump’s advisors gave him a coloring book while they answered the questions for him.
— Deb M (@DebbieM47927655) December 6, 2018
It was probably easy for Trump but Giuliani was standing behind him freaking out.
— Jacob W. Butler (@thejacobwbutler) December 6, 2018
I'll bet. Someone had to read them out loud. Someone else had to draw Donald pictures so he could understand. Another had to keep pouring the Diet Coke. Everyone was exhausted!
— Angelique (@Angeliq05728846) December 6, 2018
Some pointed out that Trump answering the questions under oath likely was a nightmare after all. Approximately 70% of statements made by the President range from mostly false to blatantly false as monitored by Politifact.
While spouting unchallenged falsehoods at a rally of supporters is easy, answering written questions under oath for a federal investigation complicates things, especially for lawyers.
When a compulsive liar has to answer questions from a federal investigator it is a nightmare. Trump lies so much someone should investigate if he's ever told the truth.
— Denise Greeley (@whisperey66) December 6, 2018
Yeah, it’s called trying to keep up w all the lies he’s told. Oh what a tangled web we weave…🕸🕷Those two dipsh*ts can’t even get their stories straight.😜
— KathyInCali (@Love_Cookin) December 6, 2018
Editing perjury is not easy.
— Lou Tabaldi (@lou_tabaldi) December 6, 2018
Since becoming Donald Trump’s personal attorney in April of this year, Giuliani and Trump have repeatedly contradicted each other, painting a picture for the public of a clumsy crusade to save a guilty man.