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Rudy Giuliani just might be the best lawyer in America with his ‘truth isn’t truth’ defense: Today’s talker

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Rudy Giuliani explains why he doesn’t want President Trump to testify in the Mueller Russia Probe saying “truth isn’t truth.”
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‘Remember, one man’s truth is another man’s lie.’

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, said on Sunday that he won’t let special counsel Robert Mueller rush him into an interview with the president, arguing that investigators could have Trump “testify so that he gets trapped into perjury.”

I’d take Giuliani’s comments with a grain of salt

“Truth isn’t truth,” says Rudy Giuliani. Boy, has he got that right. The lies and double-talk with which Giuliani spews are only surpassed by “only the best people” that our opprobrious president has surrounded himself with. Good heavens, what has happened to “America’s mayor”? There was a time when I’d follow Giuliani anywhere. I have to think that this is a strategy and that Giuliani is a smoke screen to keep the dialogue moving, protect his client.

Truth isn’t truth,” or better, “somebody’s version of the truth, (is) not the truth.” Oh, Rudy, tell me it ain’t so!

The Trump presidency, the Trump administration, the Trump White House … the Trump experience, is giving us pause in a “truthful” way that we’ve never been paused before. We are as a country in peril, staring truth in the face, staring at ourselves in the mirror of our American history, and reflecting on the face (and hair) of Trump.

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But our news media are doing as good a job as they are capable of in separating the truth from lies, fact from fiction, reality from Nielsen ratings. But remember, ratings is their business. So is journalism dead? Does that mean truth is dead? No … but keep the defibrillator handy. For now, the lies are what’s keeping us alert and afloat.

We have no answers, only questions, and the one question that should persist far and above any others right now, thanks to President Donald Trump, is: Are we a nation built on truths or on lies?

When Giuliani tells me something these days, I take it with a grain of salt. Well, maybe with the whole salt shaker because he seems to be shaking the truth around Trump’s lies. Trump may mean well, or he may just be an idiot. He may be crazy, or he may be crazy like a fox. But remember, one man’s truth is another man’s lie.       

John Kushma is a communication consultant and lives in Logan, Utah.

What our readers are saying

There is no such thing as a perjury trap for a person who isn’t lying. Rudy Giuliani is essentially admitting that President Donald Trump will lie under oath. And that is a crime, regardless of what you are lying about or why.

— Andy Sandfoss

All Trump has to do is tell the truth to special counsel Robert Mueller, a fellow Republican, and then all his worries and problems will disappear. It’s so simple just tell the truth for once in your life. And yes, everyone has different perspective of events, but that’s not an excuse not to testify.

— Russell E. Glass

So in the last couple of days, the president’s lead personal attorney has stated that facts are whatever you want them to be and that there is no essential truth. Sounds like a good fit for this administration.

— Jim Peck

OK, Giuliani. Let me explain it to you. Truth is truth, period!

Now, if it is someone’s words over another — without any physical evidence or witnesses — then it comes to memory and credibility. It would certainly help Giuliani to represent someone who does not lie every two minutes.

— Steve Griffaw

What others are saying

Jennifer Rubin,  The Washington Post: “Rudy Giuliani is becoming a walking gaffe machine. For a president who thrives on sound bites and gotcha moments, it is ironic that the best lines for his opponents now come from Trump’s TV lawyer. … If Giuliani’s job is to buck up his side and demoralize the opposition, he’s failing miserably. You do wonder why Trump keeps him around.”

Jay Bookman,  Politically Georgia: “(Giuliani) understands that a significant number of Americans have retreated into a post-truth age in which the truth doesn’t matter and does not even exist anymore. All he needs to do is create an alternative narrative, backed by alternative ‘facts’ in an alternative world, that Trump defenders can choose to enter and find comfort and reassurance, protected against the intrusion of facts. … In the court of public opinion, where people can choose to believe what they want to believe, Trump can get away with such an approach. A court of law, however, operates by very different rules. In a court of law, this notion that ‘the truth isn’t truth’ doesn’t wash.”

Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune: “It would almost seem that in a world where truth isn’t truth, a person could get away with just about anything. I can’t imagine why the lawyer of an innocent man would want to suggest such a thing. Of course, if truth isn’t truth, there would be no proof that Giuliani ever made such a suggestion.”

The Baltimore Sun,  editorial: “This notion that the president is highly cooperative with an investigation that shouldn’t exist in the first place is the kind of both-sides-of-the-mouth argument defense attorneys like to use in guilty cases. Claim to respect the legal proceedings and portray your client as cooperative, then attack, attack, attack in the most outrageous, over-the-top manner possible until you can find something that sticks or just find one sympathetic juror. It’s the norm in criminal proceedings, but for a president it sounds awfully — and we use this word advisedly — lawyerly.”

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