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Rudy Giuliani clarifies ‘truth isn’t truth’ remark

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  • President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy
    Giuliani tried to clarify his “truth isn’t truth” remark on
    Monday.
  • Giuliani took to Twitter to
    say that his “statement was not meant as a pontification on
    moral theology but one referring to the situation where two
    people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic ‘he
    said, she said’ puzzle.”
  • Giuliani made the original comment during a
    back-and-forth with NBC’s Chuck Todd
    over why Trump’s legal
    team had not reached an agreement with special counsel Robert
    Mueller to have a sit-down interview with the
    president.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani sought
on Monday to clear up his viral remark to NBC’s Chuck Todd of
“Meet the Press” that “truth isn’t truth.”

Giuliani took to Twitter to
say that his “statement was not meant as a pontification on moral
theology but one referring to the situation where two people make
precisely contradictory statements, the classic ‘he said, she
said’ puzzle.”

“Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it
doesn’t,” he continued.

Giuliani made the comment during a back-and-forth with
Todd
over why Trump’s legal team had not reached an agreement
with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian
interference in the 2016 presidential election, to have a
sit-down interview with the president.

Giuliani said he was “not going to be rushed into having” Trump
“testify so he gets trapped into perjury.”

“And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because
he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s
so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth,” Giuliani
said. “Not the truth.”

“Truth is truth,” Todd responded.

“No, it isn’t truth,” Giuliani shot back. “Truth isn’t truth.”

Todd later said the comment was “going to become a bad meme,” to
which Giuliani said, “don’t do this to me.”

“Don’t do ‘truth isn’t truth’ to me,” Todd said.

Giuliani for months has expressed the fear that Mueller’s team is
going to put more credit behind what fired FBI Director James
Comey said of his meetings with Trump rather than what Trump has
said of them. If Comey’s version of events is viewed as the
truth, then Trump’s contradictions under oath could be viewed as
lies. It’s what Giuliani has sought to avoid by not having Trump
answer questions about potential obstruction of justice, which
Mueller wants to ask him about.

Of course, a problem for Trump in the battle for credibility in
such a “he said, she said” with Comey is that Trump has already
had to change his tune on major incidents regarding the Russia
investigation, such as the controversial June
2016 Trump Tower meeting
between top campaign officials, his
eldest son Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer.

Last week, Giuliani laid out how the Trump
legal team planned
to fight a possible subpoena from Mueller
for such an interview with Trump. That fight could go all the way
to the Supreme Court.

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