Briefly, Aug. 21

Giuliani clarifies ‘truth isn’t truth’ puzzler

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney said he wasn’t trying to make an existential point about the meaning of veracity when he declared “truth isn’t truth.”

Rudy Giuliani’s puzzling statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, following one by another Trump aide last year about “alternative facts,” suggested people in Trump’s orbit might be denying the existence of reality.

Giuliani said his intent was more mundane: to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wouldn’t accomplish much because of the conflicting nature of witnesses’ recollections.

“My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology,” he tweeted, “but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic ‘he said, she said’ puzzle. Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn’t.”

Giuliani had told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that Trump might “get trapped into perjury” if he were interviewed by the special counsel’s Russia investigation. “You tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well, that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth.”

When Todd replied: “Truth is truth,” Giuliani responded: “No, it isn’t truth. Truth isn’t truth.”

Troopers cite drivers for going too slow

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — State police in Connecticut usually pull over cars for driving too fast.

But Sunday, troopers stopped and ticketed 10 cars for going too slow.

Police received several calls from angry motorists Sunday about what were described as high-performance, racing-type cars slowing traffic to a crawl on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in New Haven and Hamden.

Police say the lead car was filming the other cars, which were blocking both lanes of the highway so no other vehicles could pass.

All 10 vehicles were pulled over and the drivers were issued infractions.

Drivers who had been stuck in the backup thanked troopers verbally and by honking their horns.

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