President Donald Trump‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted on CNN that his client never told former FBI director James Comey to give Michael Flynn a break. Jake Tapper then aired a video of Giuliani claiming the opposite in an interview from last month.
The State of the Union anchor first asked Giuliani about his own claims last month, the former New York lawyer rejected the question.
“I never told ABC that,” he said. “That’s crazy. I never said that. What I said was, that is what Comey is saying Trump said. I have always said the president denies it. It would be easier for me if the president did say that.”
Giuliani continued to insist that he hadn’t said Trump told Comey to go easy on Flynn, the former National Security Adviser.
Tapper moved on to other questions, but eventually returned to the Comey question once his producers set up a clip of Giuliani’s claims, made in an ABC News interview.
“I just want to play for you, because earlier in the interview I was talking about a comment you made to ABC News a month ago about what exactly President Trump said to Comey,” Tapper said. “You’re now saying that the president tells you that he said nothing.”
“I’ve been saying this from the beginning,” Giuliani said. “I’m talking about Comey’s rendition.”
Tapper played the ABC News clip, in which Giuliani said Trump asked Comey “can you give him a break,” with regards to Flynn.
“I said it but also said before it I’m talking about their investigation of it,” Giuliani replied awkwardly, before claiming he was “arguing in the alternative.”
Watch above, via CNN. H/t Contemptor.