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I never said there was no collusion

I never said there was no collusion

Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he never denied President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, only that the President himself was not involved in collusion.

That former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to contradict himself in his defense of President Donald Trump - and probably continues purposely orchestrating confusion when speaking in public. But in a television interview with CNN on Wednesday night, Giuliani said, "I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign".

Giuliani challenged Mueller to subpoena the president and said, "But they know we could fight that like hell".

Giuliani's comments night directly contradicted the position of his client, who has repeatedly insisted there was no collusion during his successful White House run. Giuliani said. "As far as he knows, that's true".

It was not clear whether Giuliani in the television interview was reflecting a new position or talking point from the Trump legal team or was making a strategic attempt to get ahead of potentially damaging findings from special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating potential coordination between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

Pelosi, who issued the customary invitation to Trump weeks ago, hit the president in a vulnerable place.

"Man, Rudy Giuliani out-Giulianied himself tonight", Lemon said.

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"I never said there was no collusion between the campaign". Of course, as indictments continue to flurry down on those in Trump's presidential campaign, the line in the sand keeps getting pushed back further and further.

"Democrats can't find a Smocking (sic) Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russian Federation after James Comey's testimony".

The Post's Aaron Blake details a number of other incidents in which the President or other members of his Administration denied that anyone, whether it was the President or anyone connected to the campaign, colluded or conspired with the Russians during the campaign, as does the original CNN report.

In at least one comment, Giuliani acknowledged that there was contact between the campaign and Russian Federation (something Trump and Vice President Mike Pence previously denied vigorously), but, he asserted, it "led to nothing".

Speaking after the interview aired, CNN's Don Lemon suggested there was a deliberate tactic being employed by Giuliani which was to pre-emptively deflect from anymore damaging revelations that come to light. "No Smocking Gun... No Collusion'".

After more than a year of negotiations over the special counsel's interview request, Trump last November submitted written answers to a series of questions from Mueller about the president's knowledge of Russia's election interference. "So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution", Trump tweeted, referencing a quote that was said on Fox News.