Among the more surreal things that have happened this weekend is Rudy Giuliani moving his lips. Here he is explaining why Trump is not guilty of obstruction of justice:
â€œA president firing somebody who works for him, if he does no other corrupt act other than just fire him, canâ€™t obstruct justice because thatâ€™s what Article Two of the Constitution gives to him solely. Not Congress. Not anybody else. If, for example, a president said, â€˜Leave office, or Iâ€™m going to, you know, have your kids kidnapped,â€™ or, â€˜Iâ€™m going to break your legs.â€™ Obstructionâ€”I prosecuted a lot of obstruction cases.â€
Whatever you say, Rudy.
Rudy got on the Sunday bobblehead shows to complain about the Buzzfeed story that Trump ordered Michael Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations. Then Rudy admits the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations continued until Trump was elected.
Seemingly using the opportunity of the disputed Buzzfeed story, Rudy Giuliani is now conceding a maximal version of President Trumpâ€™s attempts to get a multi-hundred million dollar payday from Vladimir Putin for the length of the 2016 presidential campaign. GiulianiÂ quotesÂ Trump saying that negotiations for the Moscow Trump Tower deal were â€œgoing on from the day I announced to the day I won.â€
During the time Trump was singing Putinâ€™s praises on the campaign trail and getting Putinâ€™s help with hacking and information campaigns, Putin was dangling a few hundred million dollars in front of Trump.
But that’s okay, Rudy says, because he is 100 percent sure that Trump didn’t tell Cohen to lie to Congress, although he can’t say for sure what discussions Trump and Cohen might or might not have had about the Trump Tower project or Cohen’s congressional testimony. And, anyway, since there was no deal in the end, it didn’t matter.
The defense lawyer characterized the Trump Tower Moscow letter as an â€œactive proposalâ€ that did not constitute a deal or a business. He compared it to the proposals under consideration by his security consultancy, whichÂ continues to develop lucrative contracts abroadÂ while he represents the president for free, drawing ethics criticism, since since foreign governments may see him as a conduit to the Oval Office.
â€œItâ€™s like my business,â€ Giuliani said. â€œI make proposals to do security work, probably got six of them out right now. If you were to ask me what countries am I doing business in, Iâ€™d just tell you the two Iâ€™m doing business in. Not the other six, because I may never do business there.â€