I’m enjoying the hell out of Rudy Giuliani’s two-week tour of the media as he spouts one false thing after another and has to walk them all back. But his argument in a Wall Street Journal interview that Trump should be told whether the informant the FBI used to probe for information on Russian interference from Trump campaign officials provided incriminating information is not so much false as it is laughably idiotic.
According to the Journal, the former New York City mayor made the case that he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are trying to get Trump in for an interview in order to catch him in a lie — compared to contrary information they already have in their possession from interviewees.
Giuliani asserted Trump would be “walking into a trap” unless federal prosecutors explain the role played by the suspected informant and if that person provided any “incriminating information” about Mr. Trump’s associates.“What we intend to do is premise it on, ‘If you want an interview, we need an answer to this,’ ” Giuliani explained.
Oh yes, of course. And I’m sure when Giuliani was the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he always made sure to inform every witness in a deposition of all the information they had so that person could avoid perjuring or incriminating themselves. Every prosecutor extends that courtesy to every defendant, don’t they? Standard operating procedure!
But think about this: The only way that knowing what the informant reported back to the FBI could possibly”trap” Trump into incriminating himself is if he’s actually broken the law. If he hasn’t broken the law, then simply telling the truth will be perfectly consistent with the evidence they already have. Unless that evidence actually does incriminate him and he plans to lie and claim he didn’t do it. As has been the case from the very start, Trump his acting very much like he’s guilty while proclaiming his innocence.