Giuliani: 'I doubt' Trump knew Roger Stone met with Russian during 2016 campaign

Giuliani: 'I doubt' Trump knew Roger Stone met with Russian during 2016 campaign
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“I doubt it. I certainly didn’t know about it. It’s news to me,” the president’s lawyer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“It seems to me, however, whatever the differing recollections about this, it sort of gets resolved that Stone did nothing about it,” he continued. “He came to the conclusion, according to The [Washington] Post that it was a waste of time.” 


“I can’t imagine anything got back to the then-presidential candidate that was of any substance,” he added.

Giuliani later said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Stone's decision to turn down the Russian's offer illustrates the president's repeated claim that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.

"The president doesn't know a darn thing about Russian collusion from Roger Stone, from anybody else. And I would suspect he never talked to the president about it," Giuliani said.

The Washington Post reported Sunday morning that Stone met with the man, named Harry Greenberg, in May 2016, in a previously unreported meeting set up by Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo.

Neither Stone nor Caputo disclosed the meeting when they met with congressional investigators in recent months.

Stone told the Post that the man had requested Trump pay $2 million for dirt on Clinton, but that Stone rejected the offer.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the meeting, Caputo told the Post.

Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The Stone meeting is at least the second instance of a Trump campaign ally meeting with a Russian who promised damaging information on Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHillicon Valley: Cyber, tech takeaways from Mueller report | Millions of Instagram passwords exposed internally by Facebook | DHS unrolling facial recognition tech in airports | Uber unveils new safety measures after student's killing Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered Mueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence MORE agreed to a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer during the campaign after she promised dirt on the Democratic nominee.

Trump has repeatedly derided the Mueller investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt."

Four former Trump associates have pleaded guilty or been charged in Mueller's probe to date. The special counsel also filed charges against 13 Russians for allegedly interfering in the election.

Updated at 12:24 p.m.