Is James Comey in legal trouble

Trump attorney Giuliani: "The truth is not the truth"

Washington - US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani caused a stir on Sunday evening with an interview on NBC TV. Former New York City Mayor told Meet the Press host of the weekend political show, Chuck Todd, that he believed his client should not testify in front of Special Counsel Robert Mueller because "truth is not truth."

What was meant by this was that Trump could get himself into legal trouble with statements about a conversation with the then FBI chief James Comey, in which statements stand against statements. Giuliani is still under criticism because of the statement. He is accused of distorting the concept of truth for government policy purposes. Many commentators feel reminded in this context of the term "alternative facts", which was also coined by the Trump administration.

Background to the current discussion: Comey claims that after the dismissal of short-term security advisor Michael Flynn in winter 2017, Trump asked him to drop the investigation into him because Flynn was "a good man". Trump denies this accusation, which he could possibly be interpreted as a prohibited and punishable "obstruction of justice".

Fear of perjury

Giuliani's somewhat bizarre-sounding statement about the truth was specifically sparked by the question of who had the greater credibility in this case. Giuliani had said that he would not let the president testify about the cause because he could "fall into a mine trap" if his testimony contradicted those Comeys.

Todd countered that this could hardly be the case if the president was telling the truth. "If you tell me that he should testify because he is telling the truth and therefore doesn't have to worry, then that's silly. Because it's about a version of the truth, not the truth," said Giuliani . Truth is just not truth.

The aforementioned Comey joined the conversation on Twitter with the hint that there was definitely a truth. "Truth exists and it matters," he wrote, adding that it has always been a cornerstone of American law and political life. If it no longer counts, the judicial system and society can no longer function.

Many observers were reminded of the debate on "alternative facts". The presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway had also spoken of these a year ago in "Meet the Press". At the time, she tried to use the phrase to present information from the President, which had turned out to be factually incorrect, as a possible second version of reality. The statement became a symbol of the distortions of the truth that opponents of the Trump administration accuse it of.

Trump himself caused a stir a few weeks ago with a speech to veterans in which he also questioned the truth. He told the former members of the US armed forces, some of them elderly, not to trust media reports. "What you see and hear is not what happens.

"No Collusion"

Giuliani had come under fire for his unusual statements several times since he took office as Trump lawyer a few months ago. In the TV show "Fox & Friends", for example, he claimed that the president had not made any secret agreements with other states in his election campaign, which in the USA are carried under the umbrella term of "collusion" (legal German: collusion). But even if he did, according to his legal opinion, collusion is not a crime at all.

Giuliani was referring to the fact that the concept of collusion does not actually appear in the law. However, a whole series of behaviors, which are summarized in linguistic usage as collusion, are absolutely forbidden - and in some cases carry considerable penalties. (Manuel Escher, August 20, 2018)