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Giuliani doubts Trump would ever meet with Mueller

09 July 2018

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani spewed a number of eyebrow-raising remarks Sunday morning, including that he has "debriefed" all of special counsel Robert Mueller's witnesses and that Trump "wants to testify" but probably won't have a sit-down interview with Mueller.

The enabling documents for the probe authorize Mr. Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". That was based on an interview with you. Look at my quote.

"We're not asking to show us that he committed a crime", Giuliani said on "Meet the Press". Giuliani said Mr. Trump's tweets are the result of the president finally having the time to turn his attention to this issue and because Mr. Trump wants the investigation to wrap up.

Giuliani added that he doesn't believe Trump should rule out the possibility of a pardon in the future.

Questions on the legitimacy of the Mueller probe's origins began nearly as soon as it started and they have intensified recently as congressional investigators obtained more documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation. But any testimony would come before Cohen's decision to cooperate, and would be too late to implicate the president, he said.

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Mr. Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City, repeatedly suggested many on Mr. Mueller's team were politically motivated against Mr. Trump. "Michael's not going to lie, he's going to tell the truth, and as long as he does that we have nothing to fear", Giuliani said. "We wouldn't be lawyers if we would do that".

"The reality is that there are biases that have to explored surrounding Mueller", Giuliani said.

He continued. "Or maybe the fact that his ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, top campaign aide and transition official Rick Gates also pleaded to conspiracy and lying to investigators, and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to misleading investigators about, you guessed it, his contacts with the Bulgarians?"

In Sunday's interview Giuliani clarified his remarks in the report. 'After, hey, I would like to see texts from all the people working for Mueller'. What I said was they have to give us a factual basis, meaning some suspicion of a crime, ' he said.

Viewers of the Sunday talk shows have become used to regular visits from President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Giuliani doubts Trump would ever meet with Mueller