Rudy Giuliani tried to walk back his eyebrow-raising “truth isn’t truth” comments by claiming he was talking about “he said, she said” situations.
“My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic ‘he said, she said’ puzzle,” Giuliani, who’s representing President Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, wrote on Twitter. “Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn’t.”
The former New York City mayor made the remark during a back-and-forth with NBC anchor Chuck Todd as Giuliani weighed the risk of allowing the president to be interviewed by Mueller’s prosecutors.
“I’m not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury,” Giuliani said on “Meet the Press.” “And when you tell me he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth — that he shouldn’t worry — that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth.”
“Truth is truth,” Todd said.
“No, no, it isn’t truth,” Giuliani replied. “Truth isn’t truth.”
After the show, former FBI Director James Comey, whose name came up in the NBC interview, tweeted that “truth exists and truth matters.”
“People who lie are held accountable,” he continued. “If we are untethered to truth, our justice system cannot function and a society based on the rule of law dissolves.”
Giuliani fired back at the former G-man on Monday.
“Since proven leaker Comey is now sanctimoniously lecturing us on truth, I can say sometimes the truth is clear it’s the opposite of what Jim Coney is saying,” he wrote on Twitter, misspelling Comey. “His disgraceful performance with the FBI makes him the last person who should pontificate on truth.”