Hits and Misses

Hits and Misses

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rudolph Giuliani's "The Truth is Not the Truth"

That "failing" and "fake news" organ The New York Times had as its lead story in the Sunday edition of August 19, 2018, that the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, had never been asked by Trump's team of lawyers to give a full accounting of his testimony to Mueller's investigators.  The potential consequences of this omission have caused consternation among Trump's lawyers.

Why are they so concerned?  In the first place, the first team had not invoked attorney-client privilege before McGahn testified.  Secondly, McGahn was almost certainly mindful of the historical example of former White House Counsel John Dean, who served time after Watergate.  Even more unsettling for the Trump team was the fact that when he testified McGahn believed that Trump might well have chosen him to be the fall guy in any obstruction of justice case relating to firing Comey as head of the FBI.  The result was that McGahn cooperated fully with Mueller's investigators.  How fully is fully?  Would you believe testifying on at least three occasions for a total of more than thirty hours?

Now, endowed with the wisdom of hindsight, Trump's second team of attorneys is frantically performing damage control.

How well is this damage control working?  Judging by that razor-sharp spokesman Rudolph Giuliani's performance on NBC's Meet the Press that same day on August 19th, not too well. In fact, Giuliani appears to have become untethered to any known reality.  It's surreal.

Speaking to his concern that Trump not be "rushed" into testifying and thus get "trapped into perjury," Giuliani declared that any statements made by the president in such an interview would not be true: "It's somebody's version of the truth, not the truth."

"Truth is truth," Chuck Todd, the show's host, responded.

"No, it isn't truth," Giuliani replied, apparently forgetting that the person in question was Trump himself and not "somebody" else.  And then comes Giuliani's kicker: "Truth isn't truth."

How long, O Lord, how long will this surreal farce continue?