Truth isn't truth, says Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Russian Federation probe

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"No, no, it isn't truth", Giuliani said.

"Mr. Mayor, the truth is the truth,"Todd repeats".

The problem: that widely-cited claim is untrue - a piece of "fake news" evidence, drawn from one of the indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, that has fueled unfounded theories that Trump colluded with the Russians during the presidential election. Giuliani demanded, mocking Todd's facial expression.

"Truth is truth", Chuck Todd, anchor of NBC's Meet the Press replied. Giuliani, speaking as a lawyer for President Donald Trump, was trying to clarify why the president should not testify for special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of being trapped into a lie that could lead to a perjury charge.

Trump's acknowledgment raised new questions on the extent of Russia's attempts to influence the election, including any legal or moral obligation for his campaign to submit offers of foreign assistance to authorities.

NBC host Chuck Todd warned Rudy Giuliani that he was about to become a "bad meme" for suggesting that "truth isn't truth". The problem is, President Trump "seems genuinely confused" by the basics of trade economics, including tariffs and trade deficits, he said, succinctly explaining both concepts for the edification of viewers and in case a certain president of the United States was hate-watching.

GIULIANI: Don't do this to me [imitates Todd's physical behavior]. "Nowadays they are", Giuliani claimed.

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This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin.

When the definitive history of Donald Trump's presidency comes to be written, many years hence, 11.02am on Sunday 19 August 2018 will surely be granted a special mention.

The president denies any collusion, and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe "a witch hunt".

"He fired Comey because Comey would not, among other things, say that he wasn't a target of the investigation", Giuliani told Fox News' Sean Hannity. He now claims, confusingly, that the sitdown was all about getting dirt on Hillary Clinton (not adoptions after all!), but that Trump officials had no idea that actual Russians would be involved (which is definitely not true).

On Sunday, Giuliani defended the Trump legal team's drawn-out negotiations over a possible meeting between the president and Mueller's team by saying he does not want Trump to be caught in a so-called perjury trap.

Anyone who thinks Rudy's "Truth isn't truth" is a gaff or misstatement isn't paying attention to the Trump defense strategy.

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