Russia

Giuliani: Collusion is Actually Okay

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It has always been abundantly clear that members of the Trump campaign sought and participated in the Russian effort to disrupt the 2016 election and the Mueller report confirmed as much, but Trump's TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani doesn't see what the big deal is.

Giuliani appeared on CNN yesterday morning where he said that accepting stolen documents from a foreign intelligence service is fine.

"There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians," Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper if he would have taken information from a foreign source, Giuliani said, "I probably wouldn't."

"I wasn't asked," Giuliani said. "I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, don't do it."

I can't say that I'm the least bit surprised that Giuliani would say something like that, but I think this tells us there's a very real possibility that it could happen again.

If members of Trumpworld and the GOP do not see a problem in accepting the assistance of a foreign adversary to defeat a political opponent, there may be nothing stopping them from doing it again.

If there's any consolation I can think of, it's that we know exactly what to look for now. Disrupting the 2020 election won't be quite as easy.

  • muselet

    Steve Benen this morning took on Rudy Giuliani’s assertion that any candidate in the US would take information on an opponent from anyone who offered. Benen pointed out that both Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey were approached by Russians offering to help them win the presidency. Stevenson and Humphrey flatly refused.

    Giuliani really needs to go away and leave us alone again.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    Disrupting the 2020 election won’t be quite as easy.

    Because… the right-wing wingnuts aren’t believing everything Fox and Trump tell them anymore, and the left-wing purists have decided to stop acting like spoiled snowflakes?

    Ha,ha. Good one, Ashby. My Monday needed a laugh.

  • Christopher Foxx

    It’s typical Republican excuses:
    1) We didn’t do it.
    2) If we did do it, it isn’t illegal.
    3) If it is illegal, it can’t be applied to us.

    The Party of Law and Order and of Personal Responsibility, folks.

  • Badgerite

    Russia hacked the state voting websites of all 50 states. Mine included and it makes me sick to think about it.
    No, it is not alright to take anything from a hostile foreign power that is attempting to install their own choice in the Oval Office.
    In no American’s moral or legal universe is that alright. We still don’t know for sure if the vote totals in any of those states were altered. We know they were affected by the propaganda campaign Russia waged on social media. This was an attack on our country as surely as Pearl Harbor. No it would not have been alright to give the the Japanese maps on how to get to Pearl Harbor. (See Manafort and campaign analytics that targeted Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, etc, and how he was engaged in an ongoing effort to see that Kilimnik got this information. ) It was not alright for trump family and the trump campaign to have 140 contacts with Russian operatives. Let alone lie continually and religiously about those contacts calling the very idea “ridiculous”. It was not alright to have Russia pick our Director of National Intelligence or out Secretary of State.

  • Georgie

    Next week on the undead speaks, “trump never really ran for president”

  • Draxiar

    I can’t believe this guy was known as “America’s Mayor”.