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It is a truism in our current American politics that if Rudy Giuliani subjects you to some bullshit on a Friday, he'll subject you to WAY MORE BULLSHIT on Sunday, because if it's Sunday, it's Rudy Giuliani Saying Bullshit Day!

When we last left Giuliani, he was literally accusing Robert Mueller of prosecutorial misconduct -- which is weird, considering how Mueller hasn't even asked Donald Trump a question yet, but hey, what does Giuliani know, he's just a "lawyer" -- and screaming PERJURY TRAP! You see, Giuliani knows Mueller is going to unfairly PERJURY TRAP! the president, because he's going to ask Trump questions, and then Trump is going to lie, and that is how you do PERJURY TRAP!

Sunday, Giuliani went on CNN's "State Of The Union" to tell Jake Tapper that, contra LITERALLY EVERYTHING HE'S SAID IN THE PAST, Trump never even talked to former FBI director James Comey about taking it easy on Michael Flynn. Didn't ask him to kill the investgation, didn't pressure him, didn't do NOTHIN'.


Here is some transcript:

GIULIANI: [T]here was no conversation about Michael Flynn. The president didn't find out that Comey believed there was until about -- I think it was February when it supposedly took place. Memo came out in May. And, in between, Comey testified under oath that in no way had he been obstructed at any time. And then, all of a sudden, in May, he says he felt obstructed, he felt pressured by that comment, you should go easy on Flynn. So we -- we maintain the president didn't say that. But if we do that under oath, we end up in a sort of Martha Stewart situation.

Because Trump gonna lie?

TAPPER: But, Mr. Mayor, you said -- you told ABC News last month that the president told Comey -- quote -- "Can you give him a break?" Now you're saying that they never had a...

GIULIANI: No, I never -- I never told ABC that. That's crazy. I have never said that.

THAT'S CRAZY. Of course, Giuliani has indeed gone on TV one million times to explain that no, what Trump did to Comey in the Oval Office isn't obstruction of justice. Heck it's just like when everybody used to ask Rudy Giuliani The Prosecutor to "go easy" on people. It's just a normal thing people say to prosecutors, even if they are prosecutors investigating your campaign's ties to Russia, and the foreign agent you picked to be your national security advisor is under investigation for his illegal contacts with ... Russia!

Giuliani said he wishes Trump had committed that obstruction of justice, because what is obstruction of justice anyway?

GIULIANI: I have always said the president denies it. Look, it'd be easier for me if the president did say that. Jay [Sekulow] and I could defend that. The statement, go easy on him, is hardly an obstruction. Obstruction involves a threat. Obstruction involves false testimony. Obstruction involves an offer of money. It has to be corrupt. Just saying exercise your prosecutorial discretion to give a general a break, I had that happen all the time to me when I was a prosecutor.

Later in the interview, Jake Tapper, perhaps worried Giuliani was having a mental break right there on live TV, played tape of Giuliani saying the thing Giuliani now says he never said, and you won't believe this, but Giuliani did not actually say, "Oh, I guess I did say that, what a total fuckup I am!" He said he was simply talking about "Comey's rendition" of what happened in that meeting that totally didn't happen. Giuliani also law-splained Jake Tapper that "I know it's complicated" for fresh-faced young things like Jake Tapper to understand, but "lawyers argue in the alternative," by ... saying one lie on TV for several months and then suddenly lying to Jake Tapper about that lie, we think?

"Why would I say something that isn't true?" asked Giuliani, with a straight face.

Jake Tapper responded with this face:

The interview was full of other DELIGHTFUL tidbits. For instance, Giuliani said he hasn't talked to the special counsel's office in two months, so we are beginning to wonder if he's even part of the legal negotiations, or if he is just out here winging it. (It is the second thing.)

Also, he updated his "legal theory" of why Robert Mueller better stop investigating Trump by September 1, so as to not interfere with the midterm elections like a common James Comey. (Of course, Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but ignore that minor detail!) But yes, Rudy Giuliani doesn't want bad things to leak just before the election, just like what happened in 2016 when Rudy Giuliani was going on TV saying the shit was about to hit the fan for Hillary Clinton, because Rudy Giuliani had been hearing from rogue agents in the New York FBI field office that they FOUND ALL THE MISSING HILLARY EMAILS! (They had not.) As a result, James Comey was "forced" to share 11 DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION that there was a "new" investigation into Hillary's emails, because, as FBI agent Peter Strzok explained to the DOJ's inspector general, those kinds of leaks were on everybody's mind, and as FBI agent Lisa Page explained, it was the New York guys they were worried about. Giuliani's pals!

By the way, guess who just got fired? Peter Strzok. But this post is not about that bullshit, it is about Rudy Giuliani's bullshit, which we are officially tired of now, so POST OVER.

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Hello! Here a beautiful open thread for you to not comment all over, so that you don't not comment all over Dok's book club post.

I was gonna drop my Nonnie's recipe for Easter bread in here, but apparently it has to proof overnight and is also for approximately 87,000 people, so not much of a point to that! (Though here it is if you really want it. She doesn't do the egg thing, but if you want, you can put some dyed raw eggs in the braided dough before you bake. And you can add sprinkles, and anise if you're gross and like gross things) I was gonna try and make it myself last night, but have instead opted to just make waffles. Waffles are FINE.

So instead, I shall just leave you with this absolutely terrifying version of The Velveteen Rabbit starring Marie Osmond as said velveteen rabbit. Coincidentally, Marie Osmond is also Nonnie's 2nd arch-nemesis, after Rachel Ray (Rachel Ray because she doesn't pull her hair back when she cooks, and Marie for reasons I'm not entirely clear on but which I believe are related to a Weight Watchers commercial).

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT starring Marie Osmond - full length feature youtu.be


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Happy Day Before Half-Priced Easter Chocolate Day, Wonkers! Time to wrap up our Wonkette Book Club discussion of Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal, by Erich Rauchway, a historian at UC-Davis. We're increasingly convinced the book might have just as well been titled Herbert Hoover: Christ, What An Asshole! As ever, even if you haven't finished the reading, jump in anyway -- there won't be a test!

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