Rudy Giuliani is not quite admitting that he asked Donald Trump for a pardon between the failed coup on January 6th and the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20th, 2021, but he’s still defending himself for doing so, positing it as a hypothetical rather than an actual scenario.
Giuliani is just one of many Trump allies and associates alleged to have sought a Presidential pardon before Trump left the White House. It’s being read by pundits and the public as an acknowledgment of guilt. Giuliani isn’t quite going so far as to publicly deny that he asked for a pardon, but he isn’t quite confirming it, either — although he does seem determined to defend the request, even as he refuses to admit to it.
Rudy: “Everyone in Washington wants to make me a liar and a crook, and I’m not. I could’ve asked for a pardon for a very good reason – because I don’t want to get framed. I know I didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t lie .. I don’t take money .. I’ve acted honorably all my life.” pic.twitter.com/EjYkjFJ9Hp
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 6, 2022
“Everybody in Washington wants to make me a liar and a crook and I’m not. But I know I have to protect myself. I could’ve asked for a pardon for a very good reason. I don’t want to get framed. I know I didn’t do anything wrong…I’ve acted honorably all my life, but I know they frame people. I know people they’ve framed. It would have been perfectly legitimate to ask for a pardon, not because I’m guilty of anything, but because they’re gonna try real hard to make me guilty of something I didn’t do…”
Giuliani is reported to have been a part of meetings planning various methods that Trump’s allies hoped would change the election outcome, and the January 6th Committee has received testimony that on election night, he drunkenly insisted that Trump should claim victory, even though the count was not complete.
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