Republicans, Democrats Dispute White House View That Campaign Informant Was Improper

Republicans, Democrats Dispute White House View That Campaign Informant Was Improper

Republicans, Democrats Dispute White House View That Campaign Informant Was Improper

The newest member of President Donald Trump's legal team continues to make things hard for him and pretty much everyone else who is being investigated as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

Giuliani echoed these claims Sunday, calling the investigation "rigged" and saying it would yield no evidence of collusion regarding the president or his closest advisers. Trump has not said definitively whether he would interview with Mueller.

"They went back home in tatters!" he tweeted.

"What we have to do is go to court and seek protection from the court", he said on the program.

Those meetings took place during the Obama administration.

"Not anymore, I did", he said. Trump has repeatedly called the special counsel's work a "witch hunt", despite its producing five guilty pleas, including by three former Trump aides, and evidence of Russian tampering in USA elections. It's unclear, however, if Trump would heed his lawyers' advice.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, speaks to CNN on May 27, 2018.

Giuliani since joining the president's legal team has grappled with the possibility of a sit-down interview between Mueller and Trump.

If an interview is to take place, however, the lawyer suggested Mueller's team "would probably limit it" to two key topics: potential collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice. "I don't. I did when it came in".

Also Sunday, Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said he no longer thinks the Mueller probe is legitimate.

Speaking to CNN's Dana Bash on State of the Union on Sunday, Giuliani discussed what Trump and his team are calling 'Spygate, ' an as-yet unproven allegation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation infiltrated the Trump campaign for political purposes. "And for a lot of people in the country, one or another or many of those things have already stuck".

According to a CNN poll from 10 May, views of the Mueller investigation have shifted significantly among Republicans since March.

Giuliani said he was concerned that the president would become a target or that the interview would be a perjury trap, because the "truth is relative".

Michael Hayden, another former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told ABC that Trump was "simply trying to delegitimize Mueller ... and he's willing to throw anything against the wall". Talk of bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller, discussed in late 2017, has gone silent.

After the briefing, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), and House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff, (D-CA), said that they were unmoved in their positions on the special counsel investigation into 2016 Presidential election and the ensuing Inspector General's investigation into the FBI's surveillance abuses under the disgraced, sacked former Director, James Comey, not surprised owing to their left over elite status in the Congress.

"That means that the rule of law is now on shaky ground", Schiff said on ABC.

"If those people were operating near my office or my campaign, I'd want them investigated and I'd want to know about them". She said some of the people involved in the spying "have admitted there's a spy".

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

Trump appears increasingly frustrated that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has continued for more than a year, putting a cloud over his presidency.

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