Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasts Russia probe as 'most corrupt' ever

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

"Rudy Giuliani made the president look foolish", runs atop a "Morning Joe" segment about Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal attorney, who has given recent press interviews critical of the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation, calling it the most corrupt investigation the former New York Mayor has ever seen.

President Donald Trump's attorney says they are unconcerned about anything the president's longtime personal lawyer could tell authorities.

On Friday, Giuliani told the New York Times that Mueller would only get his interview with the president if he could satisfy the White House that he had evidence that Trump had committed a crime.

But any testimony would come before Cohen's decision to cooperate, and would be too late to implicate the president, he said. "I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons, " Giuliani said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

In television interviews Sunday, Giuliani expressed confidence that Cohen does not have any potentially incriminating information to share with prosecutors, saying he had "zero" worries.

Trump's legal team has also challenged a Mueller request to interview White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, according to the Times, and have tried to narrow the questions as well as find out what they want to ask.

Mr. Trump has denied any collusion and obstructing justice, deriding the probe as a "witch hunt".

The Justice Department is probing possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president.

Former federal prosecutor and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy said Giuliani is implementing a smart strategy because the Mueller probe has always been about public opinion, and a new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows Americans are increasingly disapproving of the way Mueller has handled the Russian Federation probe. "What I do know is there is no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump".

But Giuliani told the Times it was unlikely Mueller would accept the demands.

But some analysts have drawn comparisons between Cohen's story and that of former Trump aide Michael Flynn, who was charged by Mueller's team a year ago.

On CNN's "State of the Union", host Dana Bash asked if Giuliani was going back on his past comments that he didn't think Cohen would "flip" on Trump. He clarified on ABC that he wants to confirm that there is a "factual basis for the investigation".

Bolduan asked if there's any signal that Cohen is now cooperating with prosecutors.