The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

As the attorney to the president, Rudy Giuliani has leaned into the unorthodox strategy of going on TV and apparently saying whatever comes into his head. It’s led to a seemingly endless series of perplexing spectacles, but his latest dustup with CNN’s Chris Cuomo — in which the former New York mayor backpedaled from the claim that President Donald Trump’s campaign never colluded with Russia — ranks high among his most baffling appearances.

Giuliani tried to argue that he has never said the Trump campaign didn’t collude with Russia. Instead, he now says that he has only ever insisted that the president himself never colluded with the Russians while remaining agnostic on the rest of the team’s involvement.

Unfortunately for this line of argument, video-recording technology exists.

As CBS News showed in a mashup of Giuliani’s past comments, he has rarely if ever circumscribed his denials of collusion in this way. He has repeatedly said unequivocally that there was “no collusion” with regard to the Russia investigation.

In at least one comment, Giuliani acknowledged that there was contact between the campaign and Russia (something Trump and Vice President Mike Pence previously denied vigorously), but, he asserted, it “led to nothing.” He added: “So, if anything, it’s proof there was no collusion.”

Some argue that Giuliani latest change of tune is not some gaffe — he’s trying to get out in front of damaging news. It’s not clear whether that’s true — he’s hardly been the most strategic thinker in recent months — but we should know soon enough.

Watch the clip below:

 

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Close