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Trump Wanted a 'Muslim Ban,' Asked Me to Find a Legal Way to Do It, Says Rudy Giuliani

The exchange between Giuliani and Judge Jeanine Pirro instantly went viral as critics insist that Giuliani inadvertently admitted to Trump's intent to ban Muslims from entering the country.

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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to Fox New's Judge Jeanine Pirro.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that Donald Trump wanted a "Muslim ban" and asked him personally to find a legal way to do it.

“I’ll tell you the whole history. When [Trump] first announced it he said ‘Muslim ban’. He called me up, he said, ‘put a commission together, show me the right way to do it legally’.

“I put a commission together with judge [Michael] Mukasey, with Congressman [Mike] McCaul, Pete King, whole group of other very expert lawyers on this and what we did was we focused on - instead of religion - danger. The areas of the world that create danger for us, which is a factual basis, not a religious basis."

The exchange between Giuliani and Judge Jeanine Pirro instantly went viral as critics insist that Giuliani inadvertently admitted to Trump's intent to ban Muslims from entering the country.

Giuliani is not a White House staffer and had falling out with the Trump transition team in December. Senior White House officials including Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, have defended Trump's executive action claiming it is not a ban on Muslims, but instead a restriction based on precedents set by Barack Obama's administration.

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