Giuliani, once an unapologetic surrogate for Trump, appears to be downplaying his role.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is representing Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab in a high-profile federal case according to the Courthouse News Service. Zarrab is accused of money laundering for Iran:
— Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye) April 13, 2017
US District Court Judge Richard Berman has ordered Giuliani to disclose any possible conflicts of interest related to this case. The request included any work he did for the White House. Giuliani provided an affidavit on Monday. In the document, he stated, “In particular I have not served on any Trump administration commission ‘relating to the so-called Muslim ban executive orders.’” Giuliani continued, “For clarity, I have not participated in writing any of the executive orders on that subject issued by the Trump administration.” These declarations raise questions about earlier claims by Giuliani:
Giuliani runs away. Claims now he was not involved in writing the muslim ban EO. Doesn’t deny coming up with the legal basis for it. https://t.co/YGJiYijQBE
— Patrick (@TrickFreee) May 24, 2017
On January 29, he told Jeanine Pirro of Fox News that Trump asked him to help with the Muslim ban. “I’ll tell you the whole history of it,” Giuliani said. “So when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”
“What we did was we focused on ― instead of religion ― danger,” Giuliani said. “The areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis, not a religious basis. Perfectly legal, perfectly sensible, and that’s what the ban is based on.”
These statements have been cited by the federal judges hearing lawsuits about Trump’s executive order that many have dubbed a muslim ban. Specifically, these declarations are cited by judges as evidence that Trump’s order was reverse engineered.
Giuliani publicly stated that he was asked to put a commission together, ensure the ban was legal, and help conceptualize the law. Conversely, his affidavit says he neither served on the commission nor wrote any of the executive order.
A federal judge in Michigan who is hearing a suit about the ban has ordered the Trump administration to turn over a memo by Giuliani related to the executive order. The response?
— The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2017