President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani on Monday sought to make clear his head-scratching assertion over the weekend that “reality isn’t reality,” writing in a morning tweet that he was referring to situations the place two individuals make contradictory statements.
“My assertion was not meant as a pontification on ethical theology however one referring to the state of affairs the place two individuals make exactly contradictory statements, the traditional ‘he mentioned she mentioned’ puzzle,” Giuliani mentioned. “Typically additional inquiry can reveal the reality different occasions it doesn’t.”
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Giuliani’s try at clarification was prompted by an look Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” throughout which he and host Chuck Todd mentioned the circumstances underneath which Trump would undergo an interview by particular counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Giuliani continued to argue that Mueller is making an attempt to entice Trump into committing perjury as a part of an investigation into whether or not the president has obstructed the probe of Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election.
“Once you inform me that [Trump] ought to testify as a result of he’s going to inform the reality and he shouldn’t fear, that’s so foolish — as a result of it’s any individual’s model of the reality. Not the reality,” Giuliani mentioned.
Todd responded, “Fact is reality.”
“No, it isn’t reality. Fact isn’t reality,” Giuliani mentioned.
The trade was closely featured on Monday morning information exhibits, with pundits evaluating Giuliani’s assertion with White Home adviser Kellyanne Conway saying earlier throughout Trump’s tenure that then-press secretary Sean Spicer had introduced “different details.”
Giuliani has mentioned he fears Mueller could be extra inclined to depend on testimony offered by former FBI director James B. Comey, whom Trump fired, than that of the president. If that’s the case, Giuliani has mentioned, Trump could possibly be accused of perjury even when he’s telling the reality.
Following Giuliani’s Sunday look on “Meet the Press,” Comey took to Twitter, writing: “Fact exists and reality issues.”
“Fact has all the time been the touchstone of our nation’s justice system and political life,” Comey mentioned. “ Individuals who lie are held accountable. If we’re untethered to reality, our justice system can’t operate and a society based mostly on the rule of legislation dissolves.”
On Monday, Giuliani responded to Comey.
“Since confirmed leaker Comey is now sanctimoniously lecturing us on reality, I can say generally the reality is evident it’s the alternative of what Jim Coney is saying,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter. “His disgraceful efficiency with the FBI makes him the final one who ought to preach on reality.”