Did The FBI Really Leak Information To Rudy Giuliani & Trump? Maybe Not
Former Mayor of New York City and current advisor to Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, is known for being outspoken — especially in this election. Giuliani's recent outspoken moment might just be the worst yet. Giuliani claimed he knew information about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton before it was announced to the public. So did the FBI really leak information to Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump? Giuliani claimed he knew something Friday morning, but quickly retracted his statement later in the day.
Friday morning, Giuliani made an appearance on Fox & Friends on Fox News to campaign for Donald Trump. Giuliani, as outspoken as he is, said quite a few things about the FBI's discovery of new emails related to Hillary Clinton. The announcement about these new emails, of course, was made by FBI Director James Comey just one week ago, last Friday. But according to Giuliani, he knew about them for quite some time before:
The FBI Press Office did not return Romper's a request for comment.
Giuliani confirming the FBI leaked information to the Trump campaign is one of those things you don't say out loud https://t.co/mphP0JJtaZ— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) November 4, 2016
But despite Giuliani making this bold claim — that he knew that the FBI was going to say something about new emails related to Clinton's investigation — Giuliani quickly retracted his statements. Later in the afternoon, he went on CNN to do clarify his comments made on Fox News. "That's not correct," Giuliani told Wolf Blitzer. "I have not had conversations with anyone inside the FBI."
He's right — he does claim in his original statement that he had nothing to do with it — however, his claiming of "knowing something" looks just as bad on Giuliani and the Trump campaign. Giuliani then told Blitzer that everything he hears comes from "former FBI agents and it's all hearsay." But why couldn't have Giuliani said this when he was on Fox & Friends in the first place?
Rudy Giuliani on questions about receiving advance notice from FBI: “No, I’ve spoken to no current FBI agents” https://t.co/StxbeAmoae— CNN (@CNN) November 4, 2016
If people go off of Giuliani's clarifications later in the day, the FBI did not leak any information to Giuliani and Trump — But that is not to say that people are taking Giuliani's word for it. According to The Daily Beast, top democrats have written to the Justice Department, "asking to investigate the source of the information to Giuliani." Some people have already been suspicious about Giuliani's connection to the FBI. According to The Daily Beast, Giuliani's former law firm, Bracewell Giuliani, has been the general counsel for the FBI Agents Association — which according to The Daily Beast, represents 13,000 former and current agents. And at one point in the late 1980's, according to New York Magazine, Giuliani was Comey's boss.
Giuliani's outspoken statements made Friday morning on Fox & Friends were a little misleading. But at this point in the election, with only a few days left to go, there is no room for misleading statements or error.