Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and longtime sideman to Donald Trump, tried a new line of logic for the former president’s actions: He was protecting the sensitive documents the FBI found at Mar-a-Lago.
“Really, if you look at the Espionage Act, it’s not really about taking the documents,” Giuliani said on Newsmax. “It’s about destroying them. Or hiding them. Or giving them to the enemy. It’s not about taking them and putting them in a place that’s roughly as safe as they were in in the first place.”
Rudy Giuliani tells Newsmax that Trump was just trying to preserve documents by putting them in a safe place. pic.twitter.com/tDJag4loW4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 19, 2022
Trump and those close to him have told a shifting story of what was stored in Mar-a-Lago.
Eric Trump, a son of the former president, claimed his father kept “newspaper articles, pictures, notes from us.” Trump, as well as those around him, have suggested the FBI actually “planted” evidence as they executed a search warrant. Then, they admitted the feds found ― not planted ― sensitive documents, but that Trump had declassified them all (which may not matter).
Now, Giuliani seems to be going a step further ― admitting the documents were sensitive, but claiming Trump was actually protecting them, and further stating that Mar-a-Lago was “roughly as safe” as the White House and other secure federal facilities.
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Critics of the former president could hardly believe it:
Omg. His own deranged lawyers keep burying him. https://t.co/aPElfmyHhO
— Spiro Agnew’s Ghost (@SpiroAgnewGhost) August 19, 2022
And he obviously didn't actually read the Espionage Act, which prohibits "willfully retain[ing] [sensitive national defense information] and fail[ing] to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it." 18 USC § 793(e).https://t.co/SqgfNz8cBdhttps://t.co/f4KdBk6hd1
— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) August 19, 2022
— Michael Sloane (@MichaelSloane) August 19, 2022
One of the biggest ongoing mysteries is why Trump allow Rudy to speak for him. https://t.co/iImrVl5snl
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) August 19, 2022
Bank robbers say the same thing about money. https://t.co/vVQwc7y0zo
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 19, 2022
— NAACP (@NAACP) August 19, 2022
I’d say this is the worst lawyer in America but I’m pretty sure his license is suspended https://t.co/84C8fZTU8j
— Joe Patrice (@JosephPatrice) August 19, 2022
maybe he missed the flushing them down the toilet episodes https://t.co/Xf8L3dlGIs
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) August 19, 2022
OMG! The excuses are becoming more ludicrous by the day. Trump wanted to keep them safe by taking them to the place that was crawling with Chinese spies while he was prez. https://t.co/QTCxbfO0c9
— Tina #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 (@trcfwtt) August 19, 2022
It’s weird not to know you’ve been thrown under the bus. https://t.co/IWT8bOYtHc
— Dave Pell (@davepell) August 19, 2022
They really need an intervention for Giuliani. If this is what he's saying on Newsmax, I can't imagine what he said to the grand jury. https://t.co/njjljNn2YD
— I Smoked Allen Weaselberg (@BlackKnight10k) August 19, 2022
— Hamish Drew-Bredin (@hamishdb) August 19, 2022
So Mar-a-Lago and it’s parties of drunken MAGAs is safer than the National Archives? https://t.co/GjcGqdnSFi
— Terry Blount (@TBlountNews) August 19, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.