"There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians", Giuliani said, speaking to CNN, responding to ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's recent allegation that Trump had "welcomed help from Russia – including information that had been illegally obtained", during the 2016 race.
"Stop the bull. Stop this pious act that you weren't trying to dig up dirt on people, putting dirt on people", Giuliani said, referring to Romney.
"The information that was gleaned and disseminated – every newspaper printed it. Why did the Washington Post print the information that came from a foreign source, when they knew it was hacked? Aren't they just as wrong for doing that as the campaign wanting to use it?" Trump's attorney asked.
Morality Not in the Criminal Code
"We're going to get into morality? That isn't what prosecutors look at –morality. This didn't become an international scandal because of immorality. It became an international scandal because the president was accused of violating the law, falsely, and now nobody wants to try to figure out who did it, because that's the real wrong-doing here", Giuliani concluded.
WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing resource which released the Democratic National Committee's hacked emails in 2016, has consistently denied Russian involvement in the email dump, with founder Julian Assange telling US media in late 2016 that while he could not reveal the leak's source, "it wasn't a state party".
Dems Try to Revive Buried Russiagate
But Giuliani's comments, made in wake of the release of the Mueller report, which cleared the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia, reignited anti-Trump sentiment online, with Twitter users urging Congress to "impeach" and accusing Trump, Giuliani, and the Republicans of being "traitors" coordinating with Russia, America's "existential enemy".
Giuliani just told the country “there’s nothing wrong” with taking things from the Russians to win an election. This should settle it, @TeamPelosi and @RepJerryNadler. This cannot be the precedent. This is well beyond dangerous. IMPEACH.— KareBearScare (@KareBearScare) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Yes, Rudy Giuliani, there is something wrong with "taking information from Russians" or letting any foreign power interfere in American elections. And with Republicans in charge, we're no better protected for 2020 than we were 4 years ago. #VoteThemOut https://t.co/GtBBF0aGkl— Swing Left (@swingleft) 21 апреля 2019 г.
While Donald Trump keeps repeating “no collusion” like Rain Man with a Twitter account, Rudy Giuliani rises on Easter to say yeah we took info from Russians and there’s nothing wrong with it. What a dumbass. No need to have Mueller testify, just put Rudy’s big mouth on the stand.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Either @RudyGiuliani is working hard to take trump down, or he graduated from Trump University School of Law. That is the only thing I can come up with.— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Only a traitor would say there is nothing wrong with taking info from Russians.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Giuliani just said there is nothing wrong with taking info from Russians.
Like I said, only a traitor would say that.
The Russians are our existential enemy, Dude! There’s everything wrong, including the people who engaged with the Russians. https://t.co/PqFHn5hQEH— Douglas Wise (@DHWise007) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Trump's supporters countered, recalling that the discredited "Steele dossier" was actually created by a foreign agent, or pointed to the long (and proven) record of US meddling in foreign countries.
Who offered the “Pee Dossier”? OHHH WAIT! A foreign agent!— 🇺🇸 Cris 🇵🇷 (@ThePatriot006) 21 апреля 2019 г.
I’ve lambasted Rudy Giuliani for years as a deranged maniac, which he fundamentally is, but that he demonstrates better command of the facts and evidence here than Jake Tapper is a testament to just how far the media has sunk https://t.co/bGjjOPpzeA— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Hillary took information from Russians & even paid them to manufacture the Trump Russia collusion hoax. You are fine with that & knowingly shilled that lie for 2+ years hoping Mueller would find something to make it true. You must be devastated. My condolences. 🤣🤣🤣— AngieNC_2 (@2Angienc) 21 апреля 2019 г.
No doubt. So who from the US do we prosecute for interference in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Honduras, Venezuela, Israel, Columbia….— Hoss (@hossanon) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Clearly, it's illegal and whichever American interfered in these elections must pay. We can start with the CIA chiefs and go from there.
Russia has consistently denied claims that it meddled in the US presidential election, with President Putin calling the allegations "utterly ridiculous" and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that they have not been backed up by any substantive evidence at any stage.