Rudy Giuliani Says “There’s Nothing Wrong” with Taking Things of Value from Foreign Governments

I ended my recent Slate piece on Mueller’s decision not to prosecute Donald Trump Jr. for campaign finance violations with this statement:

Further, even if Mueller believed there were First Amendment questions in play, he should have left that for the courts to decide given the strong national security interests at stake here. Mueller offered no First Amendment argument in his report. He merely flagged the issue and never provided any analysis to back up the First Amendment claim.


I’m afraid that this flagging of the issue does more harm than good. Mueller has now given campaigns credible reason to believe they can accept help from foreign governments because they may have a constitutional right to do so. That’s even more troubling for what it says about 2020 than what it says about 2016

Well now Giuliani goes there:

President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said while he would have advised the Trump campaign to avoid Russian help, he thought there was nothing wrong with a campaign taking information from Russia.


“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”


Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would have taken information from a foreign source, Giuliani said, “I probably wouldn’t.”


“I wasn’t asked,” Giuliani said. “I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, don’t do it.”




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