President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani desperately tried to downplay Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016.
During an interview with Fox News, Giuliani admitted that collusion may have happened, but later claimed Trump wasn’t involved:
I have been sitting here looking in the federal code trying to find collusion as a crime. Collusion is not a crime…
They have have colluded… but [the president] wasn’t involved in it.
Giuliani also went on CNN to plead his confusing case:
I don’t even know if that’s a crime — colluding [with] Russians. Hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack! He didn’t pay them for hacking!
However, Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016,
Giuliani also tried to defend Trump using hacked information:
If you got the hacked information from the Russians here at CNN, and you played it, would you be in jeopardy of going to jail? Of course not.
Previously, the Trump team denied any contact with the Russians 20 times, which was an absolute lie, noted ThinkProgress.