All The Times Trump Tweeted That His Campaign Never Colluded With Russia.
On January 16th Trump’s “attorney” Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN and basically said the Trump Campaign may have colluded with Russia but Trump didn’t. It has degenerated to the this last line of defense. Giuliani went so far as to say:
“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or people in the campaign. I said the President of the United States. There is not a single bit of evidence the President of the United States committed the only crime you can commit here, conspiring with the Russians to hack the DNC.” — Rudy Giuliani.
This admission somehow didn’t prevent Giuliani from calling the investigation a “witch hunt” in the same interview.
Giuliani’s claim to have never denied the President’s campaign colluded (as opposed to the President personally) is also a lie. In July, appearing on Fox News, Giuliani was directly asked, “Regardless of whether collusion would be a crime, is it still the position of you and your client that there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever on behalf of the Trump campaign?” To which Giuliani responded, “Correct.”
This is not the first time Giuliani has attempted to gaslight the American public by claiming he did not say what is plainly said. In early December, in regards to the Trump Tower Moscow project, Giuliani said,
“It was a real estate project. There was a letter of intent to go forward, but no one signed it.”
A few days later when confronted with the personally signed by Trump letter, Giuliani denied that he had ever said the letter was not signed. “I don’t think I said nobody signed it” declared Giuliani.
Giuliani’s admission the campaign may have colluded (but not Trump himself) came into the context of CNN’s Chris Cuomo challenging him regarding the news that Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with Russian spy Konstantin Kilimnik. Giuliani’s remarkable defense for Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort sharing campaign polling data with Russian spies was: 1) That such polling data given to everyone anyway (which is not true, campaign polling data is some of the most highly kept secrets of campaigns), and 2) Everybody knows campaign polling data is very inaccurate, so what does it matter if the Trump campaign gave it a Russian spy?
While Giuliani’s denial of campaign collusion may have been infrequent, that is not true for Trump. I set out to find all the circumstances where Trump tweeted denials of collusion with Russia by his campaign. My methodology was rather crude and could produce a less than complete listing. I went to the searchable Trump Twitter database, and searched for the phrase “no collusion.” That produced an astounding 60 hits, starting on May 12, 2017 and the most recent occurring January 6th of this year. I then just did a find word search in that list for campaign.
So the below listing of tweets includes only those where the exact phrase “no collusion” appeared in a Trump tweet and the word “campaign” was also used. This listing also does not include the nearly incalculable times that Trump said or spoke that his campaign never colluded with Russia.
Here we have the infamous “smocking gun” tweet.
Trump’s notorious tweet where he had the gall to blame Mueller’s investigation for the Parkland High School shooting.
There was also this tweet using the phrase “never collusion” clearly in the context of campaigns.