Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said “truth isn’t truth” in an interview about the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
Mr Giuliani was explaining his concerns over pushing Mr Trump into an interview that he says could be a perjury trap.
He used the line during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday.
He argued that making the president sit down for an interview with the team investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election would not accomplish much because of the “he-said-she-said” nature of witnesses’ recollections.
Mr Giuliani cited FBI director James Comey as an example, who has said that Mr Trump pushed him at a private meeting to ease up in the federal investigation of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
An allegation Mr Trump has disputed.
“I am not going to be rushed into having him testify so that he gets trapped into perjury,” Mr Giuliani said during the interview.
He added: “And when you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well, that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth.”
But when Mr Todd replied: “Truth is truth,” Mr Giuliani gave his response: “No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth… Donald Trump says, ‘I didn’t talk about Flynn with Comey’. Comey says, ‘You did talk about it’, so tell me what the truth is.”
The former FBI chief later tweeted: “Truth exists and truth matters.
“Truth has always been the touchstone of our country’s justice system and political life.
“People who lie are held accountable.
“If we are untethered to truth, our justice system cannot function and a society based on the rule of law dissolves.”