CNN’s Chris Cuomo broke down the difference between a perjury trap and perjury on Monday night’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” arguing that the former is simply a narrative being pushed by President Donald Trump’s lawyers to paint their client in a sympathetic light.
“A perjury trap is what the counsel to the president, Rudy Giuliani, and the president himself keep saying that’s what they’re worried about,” Cuomo explained.
Cuomo explained a “perjury trap” as a form of prosecutorial misconduct where an interview is conducted for the sole purpose of attempting to catch someone in a lie. But Cuomo contended that the president’s case wouldn’t fit that definition.
“We have no reason to believe they want to do that,” he argued. “There’s plenty of questions this president could [be] asked, and you could argue that only he could answer.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
The difference between a perjury trap and perjury@ChrisCuomo: I argue that Rudy uses the phrase perjury trap because it is part of their narrative that Trump is being victimized. But what they are really worried about is perjury…that the President will be abusive of the truth pic.twitter.com/8AnPceR4KT
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 21, 2018
Cuomo also offered his own theory for why the president’s legal team continues to push a “perjury trap” narrative:
“Now, I argue that Rudy uses this phrase because it’s part of their narrative that the president is being victimized. But what they’re really worried about is perjury. That the president is going to do something to himself. He’s going to freelance, he’s going to go off script, he’s going to embellish in a reckless way that would be abusive of the truth, and in that context it could be a crime.”
Trump raised his own concerns about a “perjury trap” in a Monday interview with Reuters.
“So if I say something and [Comey] says something, and it’s my word against his, and he’s best friends with Mueller, so Mueller might say: ‘Well, I believe Comey,’ and even if I’m telling the truth, that makes me a liar,” Trump said. “That’s no good.”