Giuliani: ‘Nothing illegal’ about Russia helping campaign find dirt on Clinton
President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said there’s nothing illegal about digging up dirt on a campaign opponent — even if it comes from Russia.
“When I ran against them [Democrats] they were looking for dirt on me every day. That’s what you do, maybe you shouldn’t, but you do. Nothing illegal about that,” Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Wednesday evening. “Even if it comes from a Russian, a German, an American, doesn’t matter.”
But he said the Trump campaign never used any information to attack Hillary Clinton.
“They never used it, is the main thing,” he said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “They rejected it. If there was collusion with the Russians they would have used it.”
The former New York City mayor’s appearance came on the eve of the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia meddling in the 2016 election and hours after Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony to a Senate panel about a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer was released.
Donald Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he agreed to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after being approached by music promoter Rob Goldstone who said he knew someone who had information that “would incriminate Hillary Clinton.”
“To the extent that they had information concerning the fitness, character, or qualifications of any presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” he told the senators during his September 2017 appearance, according to documents released by the panel on Wednesday.
But Donald Jr. said Veselnitskaya ended up spending the majority of the time at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting talking about a adoption policy.
“The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out to be not about what was represented,” he testified.