Origins of Mueller probe illegtimate: Trump lawyer

30 May, 2018, 22:23 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday demanded access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents on a confidential informant as a condition of the President speaking to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators.

Asked how he was "so sure" there had not been any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests, Giuliani, a one-time prosecutor, said, "Fifty years of investigative experience tells me they don't have a darn thing".

"You've got 13 Democrats, you've got a focus on things that didn't happen, no Russian Federation collusion, no obstruction, just defending yourself, and now we are into the basis of it being illegitimate", Giuliani said.

Nothing, Giuliani conceded. But, there is an issue with the government spying on a campaign.

"The president is fine with it, he's innocent", Giuliani said. Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday.

"But it completely changed his investigation", he told Fox guest host Bill Hemmer of the alleged spying.

The former New York City mayor also said the President was "adamant" about doing a sit-down interview with Mueller.

"There have been a few days where he says, 'Maybe you guys are right, '" Giuliani said, referring to Trump attorneys who have warned against an interview.

"They're giving us the material to do it. It's us, the lawyers, who have to convince him that this is a trap", he added.

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"We're more convinced, as we see it, that this is a rigged investigation. That's a Watergate, Spygate", he said.

Giuliani is seeking a readout of the classified information Justice Department officials shared with lawmakers Thursday about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling.

The comment is a reference to former President Richard Nixon's call to fire special counsel Archibald Cox, a request that became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre" because two Justice Department officials resigned rather than execute Nixon's order.

On Sunday, Trump fired off two tweets that decried the Mueller probe as a "rigged investigation" and complained about "the young and lovely lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt", although it was unclear whose lives the tweet was in reference to.

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"And certainly we've seen this pattern before".

Giuliani also defended Trump's demands for a briefing on the previously confidential informant used by the FBI, saying he "has every right to know as Commander-in-Chief", and since the "investigation revealed nothing new, to us that's exculpatory, should be very easy to brief us". "We have to know, however, before we can recommend to the President whether or not to be interviewed".

"It is the FBI's job to investigate counterintelligence and that there are people out there with a known history of potential links to a foreign power and they are operating in the orbit of any political campaign or any political office", he said.

Whether Trump will agree to be interviewed as part of the probe remains uncertain.


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