Giuliani Reveals Trump Did Ask Comey to Give Flynn ‘A Break’, Despite President’s Prior Denials
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Rudy Giuliani said that President Donald Trump did actually suggest to FBI Director James Comey that he go easy on Michael Flynn, despite Trump’s prior denials.
The apparent reveal was first noted by Politico’s Josh Gerstein on Twitter.
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) July 8, 2018
The wording is important in the transcript above.
The New York Times asked Trump, “Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?”
Urge. Did you urge in any way to back down, the Times asked.
“No. No. Next question,” said Trump.
But in the interview on ABC this morning, Giuliani said that Trump did not “direct” Comey to take it easy, but then says that Trump did ask Comey during the investigation of Flynn to “give him a break.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: How is [Comey] a good witness for the President if he is saying the President was asking, directing him, in his words, to let the Michael Flynn investigation go?
GIULIANI: He didn’t direct him to do that. What he said to him was ‘can you give him a break?’–
STEPHANOPOULOS: Comey says he took it as direction.
GIULIANI: Well that’s okay, I mean, taken it that way. I mean by that time he had been fired. He said a lot of other things, some of which turned out not to untrue. The reality is, as a prosecutor I was told that many times. ‘Can you give the man a break?’ Either by his lawyers, by his relatives, by friends… you take that into consideration. But you know that doesn’t determine not going forward with it.
Giuliani goes on, saying that it wouldn’t meet the “obstruction” statute’s requirements, and that in fact the president believed firing Comey would make the investigation go on longer.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of ABC.
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