Anderson Cooper Rips Giuliani: There is No Such Thing as a ‘Hypothetical Attributed Direct Quote’
On Monday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper slammed President Donald Trump‘s lawyer for his attempt to mop up his Sunday Trump Tower Moscow mess by claiming what he said was “hypothetical.”
Earlier on Monday, Giuliani issued a statement claiming what he told NBC’s Meet the Press and other outlets about discussions about the Trump Tower Moscow timeline were “hypothetical.”
“My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow ‘project’ were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President,” Giuliani said to MTP.
He added: “My comments did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any such discussions. The point is that the proposal was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent.”
Yet, that is not what he said one day earlier when he spoke on Meet the Press and said this: “Well, it’s our understanding that they went on throughout 2016. Weren’t a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can’t be sure of the exact date. But the president can remember having conversations with him about it.”
Giuliani also spoke to the New York Times and made similar claims only this time directly quoting Trump, something Cooper pointed out.
“Rudy Guiliani says this deal wasn’t really a deal. It was a kind of a sort of hypothetical thing that the president had no clue about and wouldn’t be wrong in any event. But most importantly the president knew nothing about it, which is odd according to what he said to Maggie Haberman also over the weekend.”
He then read Giuliani quoting Trump — as reported in the Times — saying this: “The Trump Tower Moscow discussions were ‘going on from the day I announced to the day I won.'”
Cooper further noted that in the Times report Giuliani claimed he was actually quoting the president, which is strange because the next day he said it was all hypothetical.
“TV lawyers always have a trick or two up their sleeve. Today’s trick, Rudy Guiliani said it was all hypothetical,” Cooper explained.
Then driving his point home, the CNN host stressed: “I always thought when you directly quote somebody, it means that somebody actually said it. Rudy Giuliani directly quoted the president. There is no such thing as a hypothetical attributed direct quote. It’s not the way the English language works.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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