Rudy Giuliani defended President Donald Trump on Sunday by arguing “there’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.”
Giuliani was quick to shield the president at Sen. Mitt Romney‘s (R-Utah) expense when CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked for a response to the senator’s condemnation of the Trump campaign’s actions documented in the Mueller report.
Calling the senator a “hypocrite,” the Trump lawyer claimed “any candidate in the whole world would take information” that would be advantageous to their campaign.
“Who says it’s even illegal?” Giuliani added, before attacking the role of media.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019
“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani exclaimed, adding, “It depends on where it came from.”
The lawyer further debated that it shouldn’t be assumed the exchange of information was a “campaign contribution,” despite Russian officials previously expressing their desired outcome of the election was a Trump presidency.
However, when Tapper asked Giuliani if he would employ the same behaviors in his own campaign, the lawyer said he wouldn’t due to “excess of caution.”
“I probably wouldn’t. I wasn’t asked,” he responded. “I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, don’t do it.”
Pointing out Giuliani’s perceived hypocrisy, Tapper pinned the lawyer on his contradictory comments, eliciting Giuliani to staunchly reply, “There’s no crime.”
“We’re going to get into morality? That isn’t what prosecutors look at — morality,” he added, striking a similar tone to his previous defense of Trump that we shouldn’t make “moral judgments” about politicians because “we’ll have nobody in public office.”
Giuliani also attempted to excuse the Trump campaign for receiving information from Russia on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.
Watch the video below, via NBC:
CHUCK: “So, it is now okay for political campaigns to work with materials stolen by foreign adversaries?”
GIULIANI: “Well, it depends on the stolen material.” pic.twitter.com/i5D7BchdzK
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 21, 2019
The lawyer went on to argue that whether it’s permissible to receive information from a foreign adversary “depends on the stolen material.”