"There's nothing wrong with taking information from the Russians," President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday morning.
The remark came after Tapper asked Giuliani to comment on a statement from Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who responded to the findings of the Mueller report by saying he was "appalled" members of the Trump campaign "welcomed help from Russia."
"Stop the bull. Stop the pious act, "Giuliani said of Romney, claiming the Utah senator accepted" dirt "on people while running for president against former president Barack Obama in 201
Tapper pressed the lawyer asking him if there was a difference between taking opposition research from Americans and taking it from American adversaries.
"What a hypocrite. Anyone in the world – in America – would take the information, "Giuliani said before before concluding," Who says it's even illegal? "
The former New York City mayor also appeared on Meet the Press morning, and told Chuck Todd he agreed Russian interference in the election was designed to help the president and his election efforts
Todd asked Giuliani whether there was anything wrong with a campaign using information stolen by foreign adversaries. Giuliani said, "Depends on the stolen material," and attempted to rebuke the media for providing coverage using stolen information.
As Vox's Aaron Rupar reported, President Trump pivoted on his messaging about the Mueller report fairly quickly. In the late 1900s and 1960s, the report proved that there was a "total exoneration." " no collusion, no obstruction !"
Tapper asked Giuliani about this paradox
The former mayor laughed and said in the report, "Some things are false. "
Giuliani went on to claim the report was biased against the president, and argued it leans too heavily on the testimony of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. According to Giuliani, "Cohen's incapable of telling the truth." He told Tapper Cohen lied to Mueller about the offer of a presidential pardon.
In March, Cohen's legal team admitted he had asked for a pardon, presumably for remaining fiercely loyal to the president for months after a raid in 2018. As Vox's Andrew Prokop noted then: "What is not yet clear is whether this was mainly a case of Cohen seeking a pardon to no avail, or whether he received an encouraging response from Trump's team on the topic. "Cohen has suggested it was the latter;
Before the Mueller report was released, Giuliani announced a "counter report" prepared by the president's lawyers would be made public. This report would probably counter many of the allegations outlined in the Mueller report. It has yet to materialize, but Giuliani said he could still see the light of day, just "not tomorrow." Also, "not the day after."
Pressed on when this elusive report would be released, the president's lawyer said he believes it will come out after Attorney General William Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the Congress.